Priscilla and Aquila, Companions of Saint Paul

Aquila and Priscilla were Jews who left Rome in the Claudian expulsion of the Jews from the capital city, in 49 or 50. They settled in Corinth, where they rendered hospitality to the Apostle Paul on his first missionary visit to that city (Acts 18). Like Paul, they were tentmakers. The time of their conversion to the Christian faith is not known. They accompanied Paul to Ephesus, where they instructed the Alexandrian Jewish convert Apollos and kept a church in their house (1 Corinthians 16). Paul stayed with them for three years in Ephesus during his third missionary journey. They left Ephesus for Rome, probably because of the antichristian riot stirred up by Demetrios the silversmith. A church met in their house in Rome (Romans 16), but they left the city during the Neronian persecution, settling again at Ephesus (2 Timothy 4).

They were commemorated on this date in the Roman Martyrology.

The Collect

Almighty God, you gave to your servants Priscilla and Aquila special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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One response to “Priscilla and Aquila, Companions of Saint Paul

  1. Keith Joyce

    Just wondering why Priscilla and Aquila have been dropped in subsequent years. Missed them in 2015 and when teaching about Saul also known as Paul it was helpful to also mark Priscilla and Aquila, both for who they are and in relation to Saul/Paul. Was grateful to see them covered here in an earlier year. Regardless, great website.

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