The angel of the Lord spoke to Cornelius (Acts 10:4)

“Cornelius stared

At the angel

In terror.

He said.

‘What is it?


The angel answered.

‘Your prayers

And your almsgiving

Have ascended

As a memorial

Before God.’”

ὁ δὲ ἀτενίσας αὐτῷ καὶ ἔμφοβος γενόμενος εἶπεν Τί ἐστιν, Κύριε; εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ Αἱ προσευχαί σου καὶ αἱ ἐλεημοσύναι σου ἀνέβησαν εἰς μνημόσυνον ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Θεοῦ.

The author of Acts indicated that Cornelius stared or looked intently (ὁ δὲ ἀτενίσας) at the angel (αὐτῷ) in terror or becoming afraid (καὶ ἔμφοβος γενόμενος).  He asked (εἶπεν) the Lord (Κύριε) what it was (Τί ἐστιν).  The angel answered him (εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ) that his prayers (Αἱ προσευχαί σου) and his almsgiving (καὶ αἱ ἐλεημοσύναι σου) had ascended (ἀνέβησαν) as a memorial (εἰς μνημόσυνον) before God (ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Cornelius was afraid, so that he stared at the angel.  Finally, he asked what this was all about.  The angel responded to him, telling him that his prayers and gift giving had caught the eye of God as a memorial.  The language sounded like a Jewish sacrifice, but this was definitely an uncircumcised God-fearing gentile man.  This angel was here to tell Cornelius that he had won favor with God by his actions.  Do you think that you have won favor with God?