Feast Day of Saints Priscilla and Aquila July 8

A first century married couple, Priscilla and Aquila are counted among the original Seventy Disciples. Described by the Apostle Paul as “fellow workers in Christ Jesus,” they’re mentioned six times in four different books of the New Testament.  They’re never referred to individually, but because of their depth of oneness in faith and love for Christ, are always mentioned as a couple. Here are the six Biblical references and significant facts gleaned from them:

    • Acts 18: 2-3    They shared the occupation of tentmakers with the Apostle Paul
    •  Acts 18:8        Priscilla and Aquila set sail from Corinth, Greece, with Paul
    • Acts 18:26      In Ephesus, they encountered Apollos, an eloquent preacher, who received and accepted accurate counsel from them regarding the tenets of Baptism
    • Romans 16:3 Paul sent greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, calling them his “co-workers in Christ who risked their lives for me.”
    • 1 Cor 16:19    Paul sent warm greetings in their name to the Church in Corinth
    • 2 Tim 4:19     Paul, under persecution and in fear, sent greetings to his
      kind and loyal friends, Priscilla and Aquila

 

  •  The missionary journey of Priscilla and Aquila began in Rome from which they were expelled by Emperor Claudius. They traveled to Corinth in Greece and established a tent-making shop and employed the Apostle Paul. They opened their home to gatherings of Christians and Paul himself baptized them there. Eventually, Paul took the couple with him to the Greek city of Ephesus, where they settled, while he traveled on to Antioch in Turkey. Their home in Ephesus was used as a place of worship, and the couple evangelized and taught many about the love of Christ. Upon the death of Emperor Claudius in 54 AD, Emperor Nero reversed the Jewish expulsion decree, and Aquila and Priscilla returned to Rome, where they were warmly welcomed by the Christian church. When “The Great Fire” occurred in Rome on July 19, 63AD, and destroyed 70% of the city, the Christians were ultimately blamed and Aquila and Priscilla were among those martyred.  

    Ruins of Ancient Corinth where Priscilla and Aquila made tents and employed the Apostle Paul

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