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Friday, 25 April 2014

 

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". . . I am pleased to announce officially that we shall be dedicating a special Jubilee Year to the Apostle Paul from 28th June 2008 to 29th June 2009, on the occasion of the bi-millennium of his birth . . ."     Benedict XVI


Pope Benedict said in his homily for First Vespers for
the Solemnity of
Ss. Peter and Paul in 2007:

 

alt". . . as in early times, today too Christ needs apostles ready to sacrifice themselves. He needs witnesses and martyrs like St Paul. Paul, a former violent persecutor of Christians, when he fell to the ground dazzled by the divine light on the road to Damascus, did not hesitate to change sides to the Crucified One and followed him without second thoughts. He lived and worked for Christ, for him he suffered and died. How timely his example is today!

And for this very reason I am pleased to announce officially that we shall be dedicating a special Jubilee Year to the Apostle Paul from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009, on the occasion of the bimillennium of his birth, which historians have placed between the years 7 and 10 A.D.

It will be possible to celebrate this "Pauline Year" in a privileged way in Rome where the sarcophagus which, by the unanimous opinion of experts and an undisputed tradition, preserves the remains of the Apostle Paul, has been preserved beneath the Papal Altar of this Basilica for 20 centuries . . . "

Pope Benedict XVI: The Pauline Year, a Time of Grace

 

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End of the Pauline Year Tomb of Paul discovered
Assessment of the Pauline Year
Sarcophagus discovered
Church at Tarsus restored Relics of St Paul
Paul and Stephen The Basilica of St Paul (Outside the Walls)
The Conversion of Paul  
History of Tomb of Paul  

 

 

 

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Second Vespers in St Paul's Outside-the-Walls

on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

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Prayer

for

The Year of Saint Paul


Glorious Saint Paul,
Most zealous apostle,
Martyr for the love of Christ,
Give us a deep faith,
A steadfast hope,
A burning love for our Lord,
So that we can proclaim with you,
"It is no longer I who live,
But Christ who lives in me."

Help us to become apostles,
Serving the Church with a pure heart,
Witnesses to her truth and beauty
Amidst the darkness of our days.
With you we praise God our Father:
"To him be the glory,
In the Church and in Christ,
Now and forever."   Amen.