Stachys the Apostle

Stachys the Apostle (Greek: Στάχυς "ear-spike"; died 54) was the second bishop of Byzantium, from AD 38 to AD 54. He seemed to be closely connected to Andrew and Paul. Eusebius quotes Origen as saying that Andrew had preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and Kiev, hence he became a patron saint of Romania and Russia. According to tradition, Saint Andrew founded the See of Byzantium in 38, installing Stachys as bishop (the only bishopric in that neighbourhood before that time had been established at Heraclea). This See would later develop into the Patriarchate of Constantinople, having Apostle Andrew as its Patron Saint. It was not clear if Stachys was the same person whom Paul calls "dear" in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 16:9), but anyway, he is always associated in traditions with five other apostles (Ampliatus, Urban, Apelles, Aristobulus and Narcissus) that are the very same names mentioned together with him by Paul in Romans 16:8-11.

Stachys the Apostle
Bishop of Byzantium
Stachys, Amplias, Urban (Menologion of Basil II).jpg
Stachys, Amplias, Urban (Menologion of Basil II)
Term ended54
Ordinationby Andrew the Apostle[1]
Personal details
DenominationEarly Church

His feast day is on October 31.


External linksEdit

  • "Stachys the Apostle". Official site of the Ecumenic Patriarcate of Constantinople. Retrieved Apr 2, 2011.
  • "Byzantium and the Roman Primacy".
Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by Bishop of Byzantium
Succeeded by