At Caesarea1 there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment.
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing;2 he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
One day at about three in the afternoon3 he had a vision.4 He distinctly saw an angel5 of God, who came to him and said, "Cornelius!"
Cornelius stared at him in fear. "What is it, Lord?" he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering6 before God.7
Now send men to Joppa8 to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.
He is staying with Simon the tanner,9 whose house is by the sea."
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants.