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Saint Titus

"my true child in our common faith" - Saint Paul

Saint Titus was a close friend and disciple of Saint Paul hailing originally from Antioch. He accompanied Saint Paul to Jerusalem, to the council that debated the Mosaic rites and requirements for Gentiles. To strengthen the case that Gentiles did not need to be Jewish first, he refused to force Saint Titus to be circumcised. Saint Titus was sent By Saint Paul to help resolve the issues at the Church at Corinth and was extremely successful in his attempts. Saint Paul would write in his Epistle to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:12-15):

[12] Wherefore although I wrote to you, it was not for his sake that did the wrong, nor for him that suffered it; but to manifest our carefulness that we have for you [13] Before God: therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation, we did the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. [14] And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth. [15] And his bowels are more abundantly towards you; remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you have received him.

Saint Titus was then appointed by Saint Paul as the first Bishop of Crete and assigned him the task of consolidation by appointing elders. Saint Paul was worried of the Cretans habits and asked Saint Titus to have a firm stance there in his letter to Saint Titus (Titus 1:12):

Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds. There was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved by different passions and dissipations; we lived then in wickedness and malice, hating each other and hateful ourselves. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior for humanity were revealed, it was not because of any upright actions we had done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own faithful love that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our Savior; so that, justified by his grace, we should become heirs in hope of eternal life. This is doctrine that you can rely on. I want you to be quite uncompromising in teaching all this, so that those who now believe in God may keep their minds constantly occupied in doing good works. All this is good, and useful for everybody. But avoid foolish speculations, and those genealogies, and the quibbles and disputes about the Law—they are useless and futile. If someone disputes what you teach, then after a first and a second warning, have no more to do with him: you will know that anyone of that sort is warped and is self-condemned as a sinner

Saint Titus died there at Crete as Bishop in AD 96. His relics were moved from Crete to Venice during the Turkish occupation but were returned and now reside in the Church of Saint Titus, Heraklion, Crete. Saint Titus today has a Feast Day of January 26 alongside Saint Timothy, but the pre-1969 revision had the feast assigned to February 6th originally (it was first inserted in 1854).

Skull of Saint Titus, Crete

Saint Titus is also the Patron Saint of the United States Army Chaplain Corps had has the Order of Titus award in honor of him. The Award reads:

Order of Titus award is the only award presented by the Chief of Chaplains to recognize outstanding performance of ministry by chaplains and chaplain assistants. The Order of Titus is awarded for meritorious contributions to the unique and highly visible Unit Ministry Team Observer Controller Program. The award recognizes the great importance of realistic, doctrinally guided combat ministry training in ensuring the delivery of prevailing religious support to the American Soldier

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