Saint Cornelius: The Iconography
In Acts 10 Cornelius is the Roman soldier in Caesarea who becomes the first Gentile Christian. When Peter comes to Caesarea, St. Cornelius mis­takenly kneels before him, so we see this gesture in narra­tive re­pre­sen­tations (example), although Peter immedi­ately tells him to get up be­cause "I myself am also a man." St. Cor­nelius kneels again in Tre­visani's painting of his sub­se­quent baptism by Peter.


  • Orthodox feast day: September 13
  • Episcopalian feast day: February 7

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, revised 2015-10-20.


Detail from the St. Cornelius Window at the former Episcopalian military chapel on Governor’s Island, New York (See the description page)

With two other military saints, George and Martin of Tours (See the description page)