A Greek Orthodox icon: On the right, Saint Procula, whose feast day
on October 27th in the Greek Orthodox Church.
The Coptic Church reveres both Pontius Pilate and Claudia
Procula as saints, celebrating their feast day on June 25. They
are not venerated in the Roman Catholic Church.
Who was Claudia Procula? It is believed that she was the
wife of Pontius Pilate, although she goes unnamed in the
Bible's single reference to her in the Book of Matthew.
reference has led many people, over almost
to believe that not only did she attempt to
that she, and perhaps even
eventually became Christians.
"While (Pilate) was still seated on the bench,
his wife sent him a message, "Have nothing
to do with that righteous man. I suffered much
in a dream today because of him."
New American Bible
She knew the Christ
arrived in dreams to wrestle
the world from cruel denial.
She touched her husband's arm,
pleading to have nothing
to do with the man.
Her husband reflected
on her words,
looked into the face
of God, and with washed
palms handed Him
to the people
who crucified Jesus.
The end did not come then.
All through Friday into Saturday
Pilate and his wife did not sleep.
Come Sunday, the soldiers
cursed the angels who had taken
the body. Pilate fumed over
the blunder. How did this happen?
Soon after, Claudia Procula
found Jesus resurrected in Galilee.
He spoke to her as a witness.
She returned home
and ministered to her husband.
Rome sentenced Pilate to death,
under Christ's pardon.
Some have said
Claudia and their children
perished that day --
their family body laid to rest
in the tomb of the Messiah.
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