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St. Titus, Pastor and Confessor – Commemoration January 26

January 26th, 2009
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26 January, New Testament

Saint TitusSaint Titus, Pastor and Confessor was sent by Paul as bishop and pastor to Crete.

Along with his other duties, he was also to "appoint elders in every town (Titus 1:5)" — in other words, he chose and consecrated the first generation of Cretan pastors and appears to have been the island's de facto
bishop. While there, he was to himself be a faithful shepherd for
Christ's flock as he trained and placed others into the Office of the
Holy Ministry.

Titus is mentioned as Paul's companion in some of the epistles: 2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6, 13-14; 8:6, 16, 23; 12:18; Galatians 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:10.

The letters Paul wrote to Titus and Timothy are collectively known as the Pastoral Epistles. Much of Christianity's understanding and practice of the pastorate comes from these three relatively brief letters.

Lection

Psalm 71:1-14
Acts 20:28-35
Titus 1:1-9
Luke 10:1-9

Collect

Almighty
God, You called Titus to the work of pastor and teacher. Make all
shepherds of Your flock diligent in preaching Your hold Word so that
the whole world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus
Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
and forever.

Source: Pastor Snyder

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