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Conversion of St. Paul

Apostle

January 25

Saul, still breathing threats of slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, that if he found any men or women belonging to this Way, he might bring them in bonds to Jerusalem. And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus, when suddenly a light from Heaven shone round about him; and falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goad.”

And he, trembling and amazed, said, “Lord, what will You have me do?” And the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” Now the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing indeed the voice, but seeing no one. And Saul arose from the ground, but when his eyes were opened, he could see nothing. And leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And for three days he could not see, and he neither ate nor drank.

Now there was in Damascus a certain disciple named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul. For behold, he is praying.” (And he saw a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands upon him that he might recover his sight.) But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. And here too he has authority from the high priests to arrest all who invoke Your Name.”

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen vessel to Me, to carry My Name among nations and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for My Name.”


Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. I: Advent to Passion Sunday (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1719-1721.


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