13 February 2008

Saints Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of SaintAquila and his wife Saint Priscilla (Prisca), Jewish contemporaries of St. Paul, traveled widely. Because of persecution in Rome, they went to Corinth where they met the apostle Paul, who joined them in their trade of tentmaking (Acts 18:1-3). They, in turn, joined him in his mission of proclaiming the Christian Gospel. The couple later traveled with Paul from Corinth to Ephesus (Acts 18:18), where the two of them established a home that served as hospitality headquarters for new converts to Christianity.

Saint Apollos was one of their numerous Jewish pupils in the faith. An eloquent man, Apollos "spoke with burning enthusiasm and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus" (Acts 18:25). He later traveled from Corinth to the province of Achaia, where he "showed by the Scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus" (Acts 18:28).

Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos are all remembered and honored for their great missionary zeal.

Prayer of the Day
Father, you endowed Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos with a fervency of faith that served to spread the gospel wherever the found themselves. Send your Holy Spirit into your Church today, and raise up young men and women who, full of your Holy Spirit, may show forth the hope that has been given to us, proclaim a faith that is unquenchable, and live out in their actions love for you that changes the face of the earth. We make our prayer through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Spirit, one God, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Morning Prayer Reading
Acts 18: 1-17

Divine Liturgy Readings
Acts 18: 24-26
Matthew 7: 24-29

Evening Prayer Reading
Acts 18: 27-29


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