Conversion of Paul

Today on the Anglican calendar there is the commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  A week ago, it was the Confession of Peter.

We know from the lessons appointed for the day that Paul came later to the Christian faith.  His conversion was swift and life changing.  He says himself in his letters that he became as zealous for Christ as he once was at persecuting the Church.

Paul became a standard bearer for Christians over the centuries and we can trace much of church doctrine and polity to Paul’s influence in the first century.

Here are a couple of readings to keep you amused-

Scriptures:

Acts 26:9-21 
Galatians 1:11-24 
Matthew 10:16-22 
Psalm 67

Collect:

O God, by the preaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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