O Fathers of our Ancient Faith
Tradition, coming from Eusebius, holds that Timothy was the first bishop of Ephesus, that town where St John and Our Lady is believed to have lived out their final days. According to later fourth or fifth-century accounts, Timothy was clubbed to death by worshippers of Dionysius when he opposed their idolatry during their festival of Katagogia. His relics were translated to Constantinople. Titus is believed to have ended his days in Crete and was their first bishop and indeed the letter to him from Paul instructs him to govern the Cretans with a firm hand! We don't know if such firmness may have led to his martyrdom and his manner of death is unknown. His body was buried in Crete but his head was taken by the marauding Venetians (again!) in 823 to Venice.
It is fitting that we honour these "fathers of our ancient faith" and join in festal song with the Office Hymn of Apostles, Aeterna Christi Munera, in acclaiming that, "Theirs was the steadfast faith of saints, the hope that never yields nor faints, the love of Christ in perfect glow, that lay the prince of this world low."