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Monday, January 26, 2015

25 January. 1662 Book of Common Prayer: Conversion of St. Paul

25 January.  1662 Book of Common Prayer.  

The Conversion of Saint Paul.

The Collect


O God, who, through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Saint Paul, hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine throughout the world; Grant, we beseech thee, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same, by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Conversion of St. Paul. -- The Festival of this Apostle is not, as usual, of the day of his martyrdom (which by tradition was the same as that of St. Peter), but of his miraculous Conversion, and it is upon this, rather than on his wonderful character and work, that the Services lay stress. For that Conversion was historically the most important event in the Church after the Day of Pentecost, and spiritually is most full of encouragement and teaching to the Christian soul. -- January 25th.

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