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  • Hi,

    Can someone tell me which apostle/disciple brought the faith to countries like Romania/Bulgaria?

    I know St Andrew brought the faith to Greece, St Mark to Egypt, St Peter to Rome, St James - Palestine/Jerusalem..

    What about the rest? Which countries did the other 70 Apostles go to?

    Thanks
  • It was actually St. Paul who brought the Gospel to Rome, but that's another story. Sorry I don't know the answer to your question.
  • [quote author=caji link=topic=14483.msg165046#msg165046 date=1370976156]
    It was actually St. Paul who brought the Gospel to Rome, but that's another story. Sorry I don't know the answer to your question.
    [/quote]

    Well, I know that St Peter was the Bishop of Rome and Antioch. I just wished to know what happened to the other Apostles and Disciples.
  • it was saints cyril and methodius (who were either greek or bulgarian, depending on where you draw the map) who took the gospel to these countries and some of the ex soviet union countries.
    this was somewhere around the year 1000AD, and the orthodox churches there are apostolic because these saints had received the gospel from their church fathers who stretched back in a line right back to the apostles.
    saint cyril (not our saint cyril, but probably named after him) invented the cyrillic alphabet (basing it on greek) to write down the slavic language spoken at the time.
    that is why russian writing looks like greek (and coptic, a bit).
  • [quote author=mabsoota link=topic=14483.msg165049#msg165049 date=1370976693]
    it was saints cyril and methodius (who were either greek or bulgarian, depending on where you draw the map) who took the gospel to these countries and some of the ex soviet union countries.
    this was somewhere around the year 1000AD, and the orthodox churches there are apostolic because these saints had received the gospel from their church fathers who stretched back in a line right back to the apostles.
    saint cyril (not our saint cyril, but probably named after him) invented the cyrillic alphabet (basing it on greek) to write down the slavic language spoken at the time.
    that is why russian writing looks like greek (and coptic, a bit).
    [/quote]

    Thank you so much for this informative answer.

    It would be great to give this to someone Protestant who has NO idea about the First Churches, or Churches of Apostolic Succession. Surely they are insisting to be divided from the Body of Christ like this?

  • The Slavs (Russians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians, Croats, Serbs and Bulgarinas) were in the 9th century, when we recieved Christianity, one nation.
    We were not divided like nowdays.
    Have in mind that Romanians are NOT Slavs.

    The enlighters of the Slavs are Greek borthers Cyrill and Methodios.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius

    They just started in the 9th century process which lasted for a long time.

    The Russians for example were baptized at once on the initiative of the King Vladimir http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_the_Great

    But for example the Serbs  for centuries were mixed, pagans and Christians. The Christianity was finally established in Serbia by prince-monk Sava https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Sava and his father king-monk Simeon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Nemanja

    Later on, Slavs were divided between those who are under the Constantinople and those who are under the Rome.
    Orthodox are: Russians, Bulgarians and Serbs.
    Roman Catholic are: Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians and Croats.
  • Thank you for these answers!

    Does anyone know the lives of the disciples or Apostles in a bit more detail than the "Acts of the Apostles" ?

    What happened to them? I know , for obvious reasons, what happened to Saint Mark in great detail, and St Paul, but I know nothing about St Bartholemew, or St Thomas. What happened to St. Matias ? What about St Philip, or St James. Does anyone know about St Thaddeaus ?

    Surely these 12 must have left a legacy behind them? Surely they also must have had their fingerprint somewhere on some part of the world?
  • saint mattais went preaching with saint andrew and was martyred:
    http://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostle_Matthias
    i chose him for my avatar because i felt like i entered the orthodox church at a late stage (not from orthodox Christian family) like him (not among the original 12 apostles), and i would be happy if i could serve God just a small amount of the great amount saint mattias did.
    he is commemorated in our church on 8 baramhat, which is 17th march:
    http://www.copticchurch.net/classes/synex.php?sa=1&month=7&day=8&btn=View

    as for the others, an internet search under 'orthodox', 'saint' and then the name should help
    :)
  • Christianity in Armenia can be traced back to the age of the Apostles. The Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew were the first evangelizers of Armenia and, according to tradition, were martyred there. There is historical evidence of the existence of a Christian community and clergy in Armenia prior to the fourth century. The church historian Eusebius of Caesaria (c. 260-c.339) refers to Meruzhanes, a bishop of Armenia in the middle of the third century. It was at the beginning of the fourth century, in 301, that Christianity was first proclaimed as the official religion of Armenia.
  • Tradition says that the Apostle Andrew evangelized the Dacian people (now Romanians), because it's well attested to that St. Andrew evangelized along the Black Sea and around the Danube river.
    Romanians are not Slavs, they are a Latin people. Their language sounds alot like Italian with some Slavic influences and loan words.


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