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Conversion of St. Paul [25 Jan]

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 show forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same,
by following the holy doctrine which he taught; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.


Paul's question today is one we should all ask, "Lord, what wilt thou
have me to do?" Few of us will ever have any experience to match that
of Paul's. Among those we honor in the Order of Centurions, perhaps
Constantine was the only one to experience a manifestation of God that
included both a visual appearance and a conversation with Jesus
including a specific command. Paul was physically blinded and knocked
down when a light from heaven shown upon him, and Jesus spoke to him
in voice that his companions heard. Constantine and his men beheld a
Cross of Light in the sky with symbol IHSV (meaning "in hoc signo
vinces" (by this sign, conquer!).) Later that night, Jesus personally
appeared to Constantine to explain the symbol, and commanded him to
carry it forward in the battle the next day. These experiences changed
both Paul and Constantine forever. They both in their own way went on
to make significant conquests for the Cross in obedience to the
commands of Jesus, and as a result had a most a profound effect on the
spread of Christianity.

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