July 14 Apostle Aquila of the Seventy

Read the Life of St. Aquila here

Saint Aquila, Apostle of the 70: It is possible that he was a disciple of the Apostle Paul, a native of Pontus and a Jew, living in the city of Rome with his wife Priscilla (they are commemorated on February 13 on the Greek Calendar).

Having received Baptism from the Apostle Paul, Aquila and Priscilla bacame his devoted and zealous disciples. They accompanied the apostle to Ephesus. The Apostle Paul instructed them to continue the preaching of the Gospel at Ephesus, and he himself went to Jerusalem, in order to be present for the feast of Pentecost.

Liturgical Hymns in Honor of St. Aquila from the Menaion

Translations copyright by Br. Isaac E. Lambertsen, drawn from the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, in 12 volumes (in English), published by the St. John of Kronstadt Press, 1180 Orthodox Way, Liberty TN 37095; www.sjkp.org.  Authorized only for private devotional purposes.  Further distribution, reproduction, or incorporation into other documents is prohibited without prior permission from the publisher.  All rights reserved.

With hallowed songs let us hymn the sacred Aquila, and let us cry out: By his supplications save us all, O Compassionate One, in that Thou art good!

Thou didst splendidly make thyself wholly a habitation of the Spirit, O blessed one, made luminous by the splendid rays thereof; wherefore, thou hast brought light to those who are in darkness.

Hedging thy mind about with the law of Christ, thou didst cast down all the arrogance of the iniquitous, and having suffered, O divinely blessed one, thou didst demolish all the temples of the idols.

As a righteous man thou didst desire God, the one Master and King, and didst do His divine will with unwavering heart.

Suffering valiantly, O most sacred and all-lauded Aquila, thou didst cast down all the might of the evil one by the might of the worshipful and divine Spirit.

Contemplating the glory of the Lord with thy pure mind, O blessed one, thou didst partake wholly thereof, leaving behind transitory things for those things which are abiding.

They that slept the sleep of wicked impiety didst thou raise up to the light of piety, O Aquila.

Arming thyself with divine humility, thou didst cast down the prideful audacity of the enemy, O Aquila.

Blessedly didst thou suffer for Christ, shedding thy blood, as a priest and witness to His sufferings.

Ever pouring forth the sweet word of piety, O all-wise and all-praised Aquila, as an initiate of the mysteries of Christ thou didst sweeten the souls of those who waxed gross on bitter deception.

Thy praises did the divinely eloquent Luke truly record, for thou wast a disciple of the sacred Paul and a divine guide, manifestly leading all to divine things.

Finding the honored preaching of the sacred Paul like a brilliant star shedding rays of splendor, thou didst receive from him words of brilliance and becamest light.

Grace poured forth from thy lips, O blessed and sacred one. Wherefore, the Lord of all hath blessed thee forever, O divinely inspired Aquila.

Thine entreaty, O blessed God-bearer Aquila, is become deliverance from divers diseases and cleansing for sinful souls.

The journeys which thou didst make, directed toward the ways of God, were shown to be instruction and a path to salvation for the lost.

Weaving a robe of incorruption for thyself with the divine Spirit, thou becamest wholly beautiful, O Aquila. And thou didst strip the enemy naked and clothe in splendid raiment and the light of salvation those who had been stripped naked by him.

As a godly priest of the mysteries, O divinely wise and right wondrous one, with the bread of thy words thou didst feed the people afflicted and held fast in noetic starvation, and didst make them partakers of the heavenly banquet.

They who have recourse to thy holy temple receive health; they find release from their sufferings and cleansing from their infirmities, hymning thee with love and crying out, O all-praised one: Blessed art Thou, O God of our fathers!

O Aquila, who art divinely deified, and as a disciple dwellest joyfully in the heavens with the disciples and servants of God and the eyewitnesses to the Word, be thou mindful of those who hymn thee with faith and love.

The streams of thy sweat pour forth rivers of divine miracles upon us all, O blessed one, and ever dry up the streams of the wicked passions, and drown the hordes of the deceiver.

Drawing nigh unto God with immaterial mind, thou becamest all light, ever deified by thine approach, having been released from the flesh; and thou seest what the angels see, O glorious Aquila, sacred martyr of Christ.

Assembling, O Aquila, together we bless thee with sacred hymns, who wast the consecrated and precious vessel of the Word, a most wise preacher, a beacon for the world, and art the confirmation of our faith.

Knowing thee to be a disciple of Paul, an inerrant luminary of the world, a sacred martyr, a destroyer of idols and an instructor in the knowledge of God, O divinely wise Aquila, we bless thee with pious thought.

Enlightening the world like the sun, thy most holy memory illumineth the souls of those who piously hymn thee. Thereon, O blessed one, pray that God grant cleansing of sins, peace profound and great mercy unto all.