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Conversion of St Paul

25 January is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. This mosaic by Boris Anrep is in St Paul's chapel in Westminster Cathedral. In Acts 22:6-16, St Paul recounts his conversion story to the people of Jerusalem:


"As I made my journey and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone about me.


And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, `Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?' And I answered, `Who are you, Lord?' And he said to me, `I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.' Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me. And I said, `What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, `Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.' And when I could not see because of the brightness of that light, I was led by the hand by those who were with me, and came into Damascus.


And one Anani'as, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me, and standing by me said to me, `Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And in that very hour I received my sight and saw him. And he said, `The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Just One and to hear a voice from his mouth; for you will be a witness for him to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.' "


In this 2000th anniversary year of St Paul's birth, we thank God for the wonders he worked through Paul and for the preaching of the Gospel which has been handed down to all Christians that they may follow in St Paul's example of love and zeal for Christ.

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Taken on January 25, 2009