Thursday, March 10, 2011

Caius and Alexander of Apamea

Today we commemorate the martyrdom of Caius and Alexander. Very little is known about them. They were martyred for opposing the Montanist heresy. The Montanists were similar in some respects to some modern Pentecostal groups and even mainline Protestantism. The Montanists believed that their own ecstatic prophecies superseded and fulfilled the teachings of the Apostles. They also taught that if a Christian fell from grace he could not be redeemed. Christ speaks to us in the Scriptures and says that the Holy Spirit does not speak of himself but of Christ and so all these sectarian groups that claim to be acting as a mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit are truly acting as a mouthpiece for an unholy spirit. We also read in the Scriptures that if we say we have no sin we are liars and that forgiveness is always found in Christ.

O God, by Whose permission, we are celebrating the heavenly birthday of Thy Holy Martyrs Caius and Alexander, grant that we may rejoice in their companionship in everlasting bliss; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost: ever one God, world without end.Amen.


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