Saint Ananias, Patron and Protector of this Holy Church
The Holy Apostle Ananias of the Seventy (October 1), was the first Bishop of Damascus. While serving there, the Lord ordered him to restore the sight of Saul, the former persecutor of Christians, then baptize him (Acts 9:10-19, 22:12). Saul would go on to become the great preacher and Apostle Paul. In addition to this, St Ananias boldly and openly confessed Christianity before the Jews and the pagans of Damascus, despite great danger.
From Damascus St. Ananias went to preach at Eleutheropolis, where he healed many of their infirmities. However, Lucian, the prefect of the city, tried to persuade the holy one to offer sacrifice to idols. But because of Ananias' staunch and solid confession of Christ, Lucian ordered that he be tortured. Nevertheless, harsh torments did not sway the Witness of Truth.
Then the torturers led him out beyond the city, where they stoned him. In the midst of this, the Saint prayed for those who put him to death. His relics were later transferred to Constantinople.
The Holy Apostle Ananias baptizes the Apostle Paul.
(Acts 9:10-19, 22:12).
Troparion for Saint Ananias (Tone 4)
"Filled with grace through the threefold Sun, thou dids't illumine Christ's chosen vessel. When though hadst preached the faith, thou wast strengthened in grace by thy contests. O Apostle Ananias, grant the prayers of those who hymn thee."
Kontakion for Saint Ananias (Tone 2)
"Our most fervent advocate in intercession who do'st hearken most quickly to them that pray to thee, receive our supplication, O Ananias, and implore Christ, Who alone is glorified in the Saints, to have mercy on us."