2012-04-03

Tuesday of Holy Week


"After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila... with his wife Prisca... Paul went to see them because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers." (Acts 18: 1-3) He later travelled with them to Ephesus (Acts 18:18-19).

Today's station Church of St. Prisca was built in the 4th century upon Prisca's house. Recent excavations found first century walls marked with Chi Rho ☧, the first two letters of the word "Christ" in Greek. The fa├žade was built in the 17th century.

Cadinal Justin Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, is currently the cardinal priest of the titular church. He retired a year ago when he reached the age of 75. Having served as the secretary of the Congregation for Bishops and the archbishop of St. Louis, he was transferred to Philadelphia in 2003, one of the eight traditional cardinalatial sees in USA. Pope John XXIII was the titular of the church before he was elected to the Petrine see.

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