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Saint Paul the Apostle, Pray for Us!

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Seasonal

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle

Saint Paul the Apostle: Pray for Us!

“Paul addressed the people in these words: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for punishment those there as well.

“On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’ My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’ Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.” (From the first reading for the Mass for the feast of the conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle).

Art: La Conversion de Saint Paul (The Conversion of Saint Paul), Luca Giordano, around 1690, PD-US author's term of life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

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  • BeckitaMaria

    Pope Benedict has spoke of artistic expression as a path to holiness. Thank you, Ariel, for elevating our hearts to God with the exquisite beauty of the art you post here for your contributions, indeed, promote growth in holiness.

  • Becky Ward

    Thank you Ariel! I love the photo of you as well….I can SO relate to that sometimes! God Bless You! You are covering your ears……right?

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