November 22:Afterfeast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple; Apostles Philemon and Archippus; Martyr Apphia, wife of St. Philemon, and Saint Onesimus, disciple of St. Paul (see June 29); Martyr Michael, prince of Tver; Martyrs Cecilia, Valerian, Tiburtius, and Maximus at Rome; Martyr Procopius the reader at Caesaria in Palestine; Martyr Menignus at Parium; Saint Agabbas of Syria; Righteous Michael the soldier of Bulgaria; Martyrs Stephen, Mark, and Mark (another) in Pisidia; Martyr Agapion of Greece; Saint Callistus II (Xanthopoulos), Patriarch of Constantinople (Mount Athos); Saint Clement of Ochrid, Bishop of Greater Macedonia and Enlightener of Bulgaria; Blessed Yaropolk (Izyaslavich) the prince of Vladimir-Volhynia (in holy baptism Peter); New Hieromartyrs Alexis (Benemanskii) and Ilia (Gromoglasov) of Tver; Hieromartyr Sisinios; Saints Christopher and Euphemia; Saints Thalelaios and Anthimos; Saint Thaddaios
Philemon, who was from Colossae, a city of Phrygia, was a man both wealthy and noble; Apphia was his wife. Archippus became Bishop of the Church in Colossae. All three were disciples of the Apostle Paul. Onesimus, who was formerly an unbeliever and slave of Philemon, stole certain of his vessels and fled to Rome. However, on finding him there, the Apostle Paul guided him onto the path of virtue and the knowledge of the truth, and sent him back to his master Philemon, to whom he wrote an epistle (this is one of the fourteen epistles of Saint Paul). In this epistle, Paul commended Onesimus to his master and reconciled the two. Onesimus was later made a bishop; in Greece he is honoured as the patron Saint of the imprisoned. All these Saints received their end by martyrdom, when they were stoned to death by the idolaters. Saint Onesimus is also commemorated on February 15.