jeudi 13 février 2014

Saint AGABUS, disciple et prophète



Louis Cheron (1660-1713). Le prophète Agabus prédisant à saint Paul 
ses souffrances à Jérusalem, 1687, Notre-Dame de Paris

SAINT AGABUS

Prophète (1er s.)

Il annonça qu’il y aurait une grande famine sur toute la terre et, inspiré par l’Esprit, prédit à saint Paul, par une action symbolique, les tourments qui l’attendaient de la part des païens. 

Livre des Actes des Apôtres - Chapitre 11


27 En ces jours-là, des prophètes descendirent de Jérusalem à Antioche. 

28 L'un d'eux, nommé Agabus, se mit à parler sous l'action de l'Esprit ; il annonça qu'il y aurait une grande famine sur toute la terre. Elle se produisit effectivement sous le règne de l'empereur Claude. 
(source: Aelf)

Livre des Actes des Apôtres - Chapitre 21

10 Comme nous restions là plusieurs jours, un prophète nommé Agabus descendit de Judée. 

11 Il vint vers nous, prit la ceinture de Paul, s'attacha les mains et les pieds, et dit: «Voici ce que dit l'Esprit Saint : L'homme à qui appartient cette ceinture, les Juifs l'attacheront comme cela à Jérusalem et le livreront aux mains des païens.»

(source: Aelf)


Martyrologe romain


 SOURCE : http://nominis.cef.fr/contenus/saint/10702/Saint-Agabus.html



AGABUS

Prophète et un des septante disciples du Sauveur, selon les Grecs, il prédit qu'il y aurait une grande famine par toute la terre (Ac 11 :28), et saint Luc, dans les Actes, nous avertit qu'elle arriva en effet sous l'empereur Claude, la quatrième année de son règne et la quarante-quatrième de J.-C. Les historiens profanes font mention de cette famine, et Suétone dit que l'empereur lui-même fut insulté à cette occasion et attaqué par le peuple au milieu du marché et obligé de se retirer dans son palais. Comme cette famine affligeait principalement la Judée, les fidèles d'Antioche, informés de la disette où étaient réduits les fidèles de Jérusalem, résolurent de leur envoyer des aumônes pour les soulager. Saint Paul et saint Barnabé furent chargés de ces charités et les portèrent à Jérusalem (Ac 11 :29, 30).

Dix ans après, c'est-à-dire l'an 58 de J.-C., comme saint Paul allait à Jérusalem et était déjà abordé à Césarée en Palestine (Ac 21 :10) le même prophète Agabus y arriva, et étant venu voir saint Paul et ceux de sa compagnie, il prit la ceinture de saint Paul et s'en liant les pieds et les mains, il dit : Voici ce que dit le Saint-Esprit : L'homme à qui appartient cette ceinture, sera lié de cette sorte par les Juifs de Jérusalem et ils le livreront entre les mains des gentils. Ayant entendu cette parole, tous ceux qui étaient présents, prièrent saint Paul de n'aller pas plus avant. Mais il leur répondit qu'il était tout prêt de souffrir non seulement la prison, mais la mort même pour le nom du Sauveur Jésus. On ne sait point d'autres particularités de la vie d'Agabus. Les Grecs disent qu'il fut martyrisé à Antioche, et ils font sa fête le 8 mars; les Latins, dès le neuvième siècle, la faisaient le 9 février.

SOURCE : http://456-bible.123-bible.com/calmet/A/agabus.htm

St. Agabus the Prophet

St. Agabus, one of the seventy disciples, and martyr. The seventy disciples were chosen by the Lord to go before Him to preach the gospel. St. Agabus was with the twelve disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

He received the gift of prophecy, as the Acts of the Apostles tells us, “And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, ‘Thus says the Holy Spirit, so shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’” (Acts 21:10-11) This prophecy was fulfilled. (Acts 21:17-36)

He also prophesied about a famine on all the earth, and this was fulfilled during the time of Claudius Caesar, the Roman Emperor. (Acts 11:27-28) He preached the gospel together with the holy apostles. He went to many countries, teaching and converting many of the Jews and the Greeks to the knowledge of the Lord Christ. He sanctified them by the life-giving baptism.

This moved the Jews of Jerusalem to arrest him, and they tortured him by beating him severely, and putting a rope around his neck, and they dragged him outside the city. They stoned him there until he gave up his pure spirit. At this moment, a light came down from heaven. Everyone saw it as a continuous column between his body and heaven. A Jewish woman saw it and said, “Truly this man was righteous.” She shouted in a loud voice, “I am a Christian and I believe in the God of this saint.” They stoned her also and she died and was buried with him in one tomb.

Mentioned in Acts 11:28, and 21:10, as a prophet of the New Testament. Most probably both passages refer to the same person, who appears to have been a resident of Jerusalem. Tradition makes him one of the seventy-two disciples (Luke 10:1), and one of the martyrs who suffered at Antioch. The Roman Martyrology mentions his name on 13 February, while the Greek Church commemorates him on 8 March. According to Acts 11:27-30, Agabus predicted the famine which apparently must be identified with that happening in the fourth year of Claudius, A.D. 45. In the year 58 the prophet predicted to St. Paul his coming captivity, though he could not induce the Apostle to stay away from Jerusalem (Acts 21:10-11).

SOURCE : http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01200a.htm

Agabus the Prophet (RM)

1st century. A Jewish-Christian prophet from Jerusalem, Agabus came to Antioch and predicted a famine throughout the Roman Empire (Acts 11:28-29), which actually occurred in 49 AD during the reign of Emperor Claudius. He is probably the same Agabus who predicted Paul's imprisonment in Jerusalem (Acts 21:10ff). According to tradition, he died a martyr at Antioch. A Carmelite legend has led to his being usually represented in art robed in the Carmelite habit and holding the model of a church (Benedictines, Delaney, Encyclopedia).



SOURCE : http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0213.shtml#agab

February 13, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Agabus (also known as Saint Agabo, died 1st Century), one of the seventy disciples of Christ sent out to preach the Gospel, and holy martyr of Antioch. Saint Agabus was graced with the gift of prophecy, and was likely present in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.


Saint Agabus is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, in which he is recorded as predicting a great famine thorughout the Roman Empire.

27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.


28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.
(Acts 11: 27-28)

Saint Agabus later predicted the imprisonment of Paul, attempting unsuccessfully to convince him to refrain from journeying to Jerusalem:

10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.


11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.


12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.


13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.


14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.


15And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.
(Acts 21: 10-15)


Saint Agabus traveled, preaching the Gospel with his fellow disciples of Christ. He converted both Jews and Greeks, attracting the attention of the Jews of Jerusalem. He was arrested, tortured, beaten, and dragged by a rope around his neck outside the city. He was stoned to death at Antioch. At the moment of his death, a glowing light from Heaven shone down, causing those in attendance to look upon it in amazement. A Jewish woman proclaimed, "Truly this man was righteous,” and converted to Christianity on the spot. The crowds promptly stoned her and she was buried with the holy saint in his tomb.

Today we pray that Saint Agabus, and all the holy martyrs of the faith, inspire us to live our lives with the conviction and certainty of Christ—that we may proclaim the Gospel through our thoughts, words, and actions each day!


SOURCE : http://365rosaries.blogspot.ca/2012/02/february-13-saint-agabus.html

Saint Agabus the Prophet

Also known as
  • Agabos
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Jewish convert. One of the 72 disciples sent out by Jesus to preach. Had the gift of prophecy, and predicted an empire-wide famine that occurred in 49. Probably the one who predicted Paul‘s imprisonment in Jerusalem in Acts 21:10.

Born
  • Carmelite holding a church
  • making a prophesy
  • with a dove

SOURCE : http://catholicsaints.info/saint-agabus-the-prophet/