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=== Priscilla ===
=== Priscilla ===
She and his husband Aquila were the perfect example of the true Christian marriage as St. John
the Chrysostom said. They lived in Rome and left to Corinth when the emperor Claudius exiled all
Jews from Rome and there St. Paul met them in his second trip of ministry (Acts 18:2). They hosted St.
Paul in their house for one and a half years. They were like St. Paul tents makers. They followed St.
Paul to Ephesus where they stayed there and their house became a Church. St. Paul met them again in
Ephesus during his 3rd trip and so he wrote “Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord with
the church in their house (1 Corinthians 16:19).”
They returned to Rome and continued their ministry and so St. Paul sent his greetings to them
in his Holy Epistle to Romans “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my fellow workers in Christ Jesus who
risked their own necks for my life to whom not only I give thanks but also all churches of the gentiles”
(Romans 16:3-5). 
Again they left Rome returning back to Asia Minor especially Ephesus to continue their
ministry and so St. Paul wrote to Timothy “Greet Priscilla and Aquila” (2 Timothy 4:19). It is clear
that St. Priscilla and her husband were highly educated in addition to their righteousness as the Holy
Book of Acts mentioned that they taught Apollos from Alexandria the Orthodox faith in the Lord
although Apollos was fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord though he
knew the baptism of John (Acts 18:24-26). She is a role model for the Christian married woman.
=== St. Thekla, the Martyr ===
=== St. Thekla, the Martyr ===

Revision as of 19:02, 12 October 2012

The Twelve Disciples & Apostles

  1. St. Peter the Apostle
  2. St. Andrew the Apostle
  3. St. James the Elder
  4. St. James the Beloved
  5. St. James the Just
  6. St. Philip the Apostle
  7. St. Bartholomew the Apostle
  8. St. Thomas the Apostle
  9. St. Matthew the Apostle
  10. St. Judas the Apostle
  11. St. Simon the Canaanite
  12. St. Barnabas the Apostle
  13. St. Mark the Evangelist and Beholder of God
  14. St. Luke the Apostle

The Apostles’ Assistants

  1. St. Timothy
  2. St. Titus
  3. St. Silas

The Apostolic Fathers

  1. St. Clement of Rome
  2. St. Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna

Servant Women

  1. Phoebe
  2. Priscilla
  3. St. Thekla, the Martyr



St. Thekla, the Martyr

She was a virgin and a disciple of St. Paul from Iconium. She was rich, beautiful and engaged to one of the well-to-do men in Iconium (Acts 13:51). When St. Paul arrived at Iconium in his first ministry’s trip she believed in his ministry and so vowed to be a virgin for the Lord. When her mother discovered her faith she went and betrayed her to the governor of Iconium who persecuted her with different sufferings and pains. He threw her in fire but the Lord sent heavy rain which extinguished the flames and so she was saved. She followed St. Paul to Antioch and ministered to pagan women there. In Antioch, the governor also persecuted her and threw her to the wild animals naked three times for three days but the Lord saved her. After that he threw her in a pit filled with snakes but the Lord saved her. She went after that to her home land in Iconium and ministered there, then went to Syria where she lived the hermitic life and the Lord granted her the gift of healing sickness. She departed at the age of 90 years and was buried in Solicaia of Syria. Because of her great sufferings and pains, the church called her martyr.