Saint Aquila, who was from Pontus of Asia Minor, was a Jew by race and a tent-maker
by trade. In the year 52 he and his wife Priscilla were in Corinth
when Saint Paul first came there. They gave him hospitality, and the
Apostle remained with them for many days, himself working at the same
trade as they (Acts 18:2-3). And having believed in Christ through
Paul, they followed him from that time on, working together with him
and suffering perils with him for the sake of the preaching of the
Gospel, as he himself testifies concerning them in his Epistle to the
Romans, saying: "Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life
laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also
all the churches of the nations" (Rom. 16:3-4). When and where they reposed is unknown.
Apolytikion in the Third Tone:
O Holy Apostle Aquila, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our
souls forgiveness of offences.
Kontakion in the
Ranked with the Apostles' choir as their companion, O Apostle wise in Christ,
thou madest all the world to shine with thy bright doctrines and miracles,
O famed Aquila, while gaining a glorious crown.
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