PAUL, YOU WERE CALLED NOT BY MAN, BUT BY GOD.
MIST AND DARKNESS COVERED YOUR BODILY EYES
WHEN THE MISERY OF UNBELIEF WAS REVEALED TO YOU.
HEAVENLY LIGHT FLASHED BEFORE THE EYES OF YOUR HEART,
SHOWING YOU THE BEAUTY OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD.
YOU CAME TO KNOW HIM, WHO BRINGS FORTH LIGHT FROM DARKNESS:
PLEAD WITH HIM TO ENLIGHTEN AND SAVE OUR SOULS!
PAUL, YOU BOLDLY PROCLAIMED CHRIST AND PROUDLY BORE HIS CROSS.
YOU TREASURED HIS LOVE ABOVE ALL THINGS.
HELD CAPTIVE BY YOUR BELOVED, YOU EXULTED IN BEING CALLED HIS SLAVE.
YOU CHOSE DANGER AND DEATH FOR HIS NAME
AS SWEETER THAN ALL THE DELIGHTS OF THIS WORLD.
NOW YOU HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM YOUR LABORS, WINNING THE MASTER’S PRAISE. PLEAD WITH HIM TO ENLIGHTEN AND SAVE OUR SOULS!
The above hymns in praise of St. Paul are from the Matins hymns for the feast of Sts Peter and Paul (June 29).
A joyous feast of the Holy, Glorious Leaders of the Apostles, especially for all of those parishes which celebrate their patronal feast today and to all those who bear the names of Peter and Paul or have either of them as your patron saint. May God grant you many years!