St. Paul (the Apostle)
(c. 3-65)

Originally named Saul, St. Paul came from Tarsus in Cilicia. His family was members on the jewish tribe of Benjamin, but they were Roman citizens.He worked as a tent maker and was a Pharisee, well educated in the Judaic law.

St. Paul was a persecutor of the Christians, and took part in the first stoning of a Christian martyr, St. Stephen. On one of his expeditions against Christians he was blinded by a bright light, and he heard a voice asking him why he was persecuting him. St. Paul then converted, and regained his sight after being baptized.

St. Paul was to make four apostolic journeys, and his letters can be read in the New Testament. In Athens he preached to the pagans, and referred to the "unknown god" they worshiped as the god he was talking about.

One of his followers was St. Thecla dressed as a man.

He was eventually decapitated in Rome under the emperor Nero. According to legend milk poured out of him in stead of blood, and three springs were created where his head fell.

In art he is depicted as an elderly man with a receding hairline, a long pointed beard and thin face. He usually holds a sword and/or a book, or has three springs of water by his side.

Orthodox nameday: 29/6

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St. Peter & St. Paul

St. Paul standing next to the altar of the "unknown god".