The Orthodox Church commemorates today Apostle Onesimus, Venerable Eusebius, and Venerable Anthimos of Chios.
Saint Onesimus was a servant of Philemon and lived in the city of Colossae, in Asia Minor. Apostle Paul converted Philemon to Christianity and, therefore, he was treating his servants as they were his own children. Nevertheless, Onesimus misused money from his master’s house, escaped and went to Rome, where, he found himself in a very difficult position due to the fact that he was not working.
He was informed that Apostle Paul was in Rome, whom he was admiring. However, Apostle Paul sent him back to Philemon along with a letter asking him to take good care of Onesimus. Philemon told Onesimus to go back to Rome to help Apostle Paul, who was very old at the time and very much in need. There, the Saint was arrested and was sent into exile, where he continued to preach the divine word. Eparch Tertillus paid him a visit in prison and when he learned that the Saint would remain steadfast in his Christian faith, he ordered to torture him. Despite his vigorous resistance to all torture, he finally fell asleep in the Lord. Saint Onesimus is the patron of the prisoners.
Source: Church of Cyprus