Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, Apollos
February 13, 2010
The Lord be with you
On the liturgical calendar used in the LCMS, today is set aside to commemorate Aquila, Priscilla and Apollos. Aquila and his wife, Priscilla (Prisca), were Jewish contemporaries of Saint Paul and traveled widely. Because of persecution in Rome, they went to Corinth where they met the apostle Paul, who joined them in their trade of tent-making (Acts 18:1-3). In turn, they joined Paul 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. Apollos was one of their numerous Jewish pupils in the faith. An eloquent man, Apollos, “being fervent in spirit … spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus” (Acts 18:25). He later traveled from Corinth to the province of Achaia, “showing by the Scriptures (the Old Testament) that Christ was Jesus” (Acts 18:28). Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos are all remembered and honored for their great missionary zeal.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert