Saint Cornelius was a Roman by race, a pagan by religion, a centurion in rank, an inhabitant of Caesarea of Palestine, a man pious and God-fearing who gave many alms to the people and prayed continually unto God. In accordance with an angelic vision granted to him, he sent to Joppa that they might bring the Apostle Peter.
Saint Peter catechized him in the Faith of Christ and baptized all his household (Acts, ch.10).
This became the beginning and the first fruits of the calling of the nations. It is said that, after this, he became a bishop, as some say, of Caesarea; but others say of Scepsis, which is not far from Troas; and that he died as a marty.
Kontakion — Tone 4
O Divinely minded Cornelius, / The Church, receiving you as a blessed first-fruit of the Gentiles, / Is enlightened by your holy life, / For you are a perfect seer of the Mysteries!