Now a Captain of the Italian Regiment, named Cornelius, was quartered at Caesarea.
He was religious and God-fearing--and so was every member of his household. He was also liberal in his charities to the people, and continually offered prayer to God.
About three o'clock one afternoon he had a vision, and distinctly saw an angel of God enter his house, who called him by name, saying, "Cornelius!"
Looking steadily at him, and being much alarmed, he said, "What do you want, Sir?" "Your prayers and charities," he replied, "have gone up and have been recorded before God.
And now send to Jaffa and fetch Simon, surnamed Peter.
He is staying as a guest with Simon, a tanner, who has a house close to the sea."