Life of Saint John the Theologian – Chapter 20

The Life and Struggles of the
Holy Apostle and Evangelist
John the Theologian

Chapter 20

Governor Aquila’s Wife

“In those days, it happened that Governor Aquila’s wife was in labor or three days and unable to deliver the child. She was nigh unto death. Therefore, the governor sent men unto John, earnestly imploring him: ‘Man of God, com quickly and help us!’ The apostle went quickly and as soon as he approached the house, the woman immediately gave birth. The governor commented: ‘As it is, our home hath been blessed by thee.’ John replied: ‘If thou believest in the Savior Christ, salvation shall come to thy house.’ The governor answered: ‘I believed and believe in Him who hath sent thee, Christ the Salvation of all men.’ Therefore, the apostle of Christ instructed him and baptized him in the name of the Father. and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. His wife also sought baptism, but John said to her: ‘It is not possible now to baptize thee before the passage of forty days.’ The governor then attempted to give John a substantial sum of money , saying: ‘Take this, father, from thy son, and bless my house.’ The apostle of Christ replied: ‘It is not possible to bless thy house for money. But, go thyself and distribute it among the poor; in this manner shall thy house be blessed.’ We stayed in the governor’s house for three days, and then returned to Myron’s house, where many people had gathered and John preached. Afterwards, he ordained presbyters, and they celebrated the divine liturgy, and all communicated of the holy Mysteries, receiving the grace of the Lord, to Whom is due glory, and dominion unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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