Sunday, February 10, 2013

St Paul in Malta

February 10 is the celebration of the Shipwreck of St Paul on the shores of Malta. It is a holy day in Malta, even though this year it coincided with Sunday. The main church dedicated to the shipwreck of St Paul that happened in 60 AD, is situated in Valletta. The above is a section of the ceiling  of the same church, and below is a painting of St Paul healing St Publius, who was considered the first Bishop of Malta. The account of this event is recorded with minute detail by St Luke in chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles. The most popular verse in the entire Bible for all of the Maltese people is certainly this one: "Once we were on ground, we realized that the island was called Malta. The inhabitants showed us extraordinary kindness by lighting a fire and gathering us all around it."

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