Commemoration for the Week

 

Friday, January 19 Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156

When Erik, King of Sweden, determined to invade Finland for the purpose of converting the
people there to Christianity, Henry went with him. Henry is recognized as the patron saint of
Finland.

Sunday, January 21 Agnes, martyr, died around 304

Agnes was a girl of about thirteen living in Rome. The details of her martyrdom are not clear,
but she gave witness to her faith and was put to death as a result, most likely by the sword. The
church has honored her as one of the chief martyrs of her time.

Thursday, January 25 Conversion of Paul

The week of prayer begun by the remembrance of Peter’s confession now comes to an end as
we recall the pivotal moment in the life of the other pillar of the early church, the apostle Paul.
His encounter with the risen Christ turned him from persecutor of the followers of Christ to one
of their leaders.

Friday, January 26 Timothy, Titus, and Silas, missionaries

These three early Christian men were missionary companions of the apostle Paul. Timothy
became bishop of Ephesus, Titus bishop of Crete, and Silas was imprisoned with Paul at
Philippi until they were delivered by an earthquake.

Saturday, January 27 Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith

Women as well as men were important Christian leaders from the beginning, as demonstrated
by these coworkers of the apostle Paul. Lydia, a seller of purple goods, lent her home for a
church; Dorcas was known for charitable works; and Phoebe was a deacon in the church at
Cenchrae.
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