Sfântul Sfinţit Mucenic '''Agatodor din Cherson''' was one of seven [[ episcop]]i of the fourth century, known collectively as the [[Sfinţiţii Mucenici din Cherson]], who carried the [[Gospel]] of Christ into the northwest area of the Black Sea. Of the seven, all but one were [[martyr]]ed while pursuing their [[missionary]] activities. Agathodorus is commemorated with his two companions and the four other bishops on [[March 7]].
During the first decade of the fourth century a bishop's [[ see]] was established at Cherson, a trading settlement on the Crimean peninsula. Missionary activity in the Black Sea was encouraged by [[Hermon of Jerusalem|Hermon]], the Bishop of Jerusalem who sent many bishops to preach the Gospel in the various lands of the Black Sea. Beginning that decade, he sent a series of missionary bishops to Cherson to preach Christ's Gospel.
A year after the martyrdom of St. [[ Vasile din Cherson|Vasile]], three of his compatriots, Bishops [[Evghenie din Cherson|Eugeniu]], [[Elpidie din Cherson|Elpidie]], and Agatodor, stopped their preaching in the Hellespont, an area now known as the Dardanelles, and travelled through the Black Sea to Cherson, at what is now Crimea. There, they continued St. Basil's holy work. Enduring many hardships and tribulation they preaching to the pagans the Word of God for the salvation of their souls. On March 7, 311, however, the pagans attacked them and stoned them to death.
==Source== *[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife. asp?FSID=100691 OCA: Hieromartyr Agathodorus of Cherson]
==External link== *[http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/sbf/escurs/wwc/h.html Hermon, Saint, 38th bishop of Jerusalem (302- 312). ]
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