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St Paul

Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Paul: June 30

Description / Title of the Saint : Apostle

Date of Death: Saint Paul died A.D. 64

The Story and History of Saint Paul
, whose earlier Hebrew name was Saul, was born of the tribe Benjamin in Tarsus, (in present day Turkey).  By his own confession Paul persecuted the early Christians, the followers of Jesus.  Saul was well respected within Judaism’s leadership before his conversion.

Paul was converted on a road to Damascus in approximately AD 33 - to AD 36.  Saul experienced a vision of the resurrected Christ Jesus and was called to serve.  Upon seeing the vision of our resurrected Lord and Savior Saul was struck blind for three days...  he was healed of his blindness and baptized by Ananias of Damascus. 

Paul traveled widely visiting Cyprus, Asia Minor, Greece, Crete & Rome; preaching the salvation given us by our Lord Christ Jesus.   

Through his writings Paul gives us our best account of what it is to be Christian in the early church and thus of Christian Spirituality.  Thirteen letters have been traditionally attributed to Paul and are included in the New Testament.  Paul gave us the first written account the “Last Supper”. 

On his way to Rome Paul was shipwrecked on what most scholars believe to have been the island of Malta.   He was shown unusual kindness by the islanders.  When he finally arrived in Rome he was placed under ‘house arrest’.  During Paul’s ministry he spent approximately 5 to 6 years as a prisoner or in prison.   Paul, and Peter, brought Christianity to Rome.  

Neither the Bible nor history says specifically when Paul died.  Tradition tells us that he was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero around the mid-60’s.  As a citizen of Rome Paul was given the more merciful death by beheading whereas Peter was crucified ‘upside down’.

In the year 2009 Pope Benedict XVI  announced excavation results concerning the tomb of St Paul and confirmation of church tradition that St Paul is buried at this location.  

Feast Day of Saint Paul
 - The Feast Day of Saint Paul is June 30. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven. 

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