Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck

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AKA NameNawfraġju ta' San Pawl
2023 DateFebruary 10, 2023
2024 DateFebruary 10, 2024
Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck History

The Feast of St-Paul’s Shipwreck commemorates the arrival of Christianity to the island of Malta. St Paul was a prisoner of the Roman Empire when he was being transported by ship to Rome. A great storm damaged the ship and stranded the passengers in Malta where St Paul performed miracles such as being bitten by a poisonous snake and experiencing no ill effects and healing an islander.

The Feast of St-Paul’s Shipwreck is celebrated on 10 February annually. During his time in Malta, St. Paul converted much of the island colony to Christianity.

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Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck Facts & Quotes

  • St. Paul participated in the stoning and killing of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. Evidence of this can be found in the Acts of the Apostles in The Bible.
  • St. Paul wrote the most books of the New Testament, though he did not write the most words. The saint who wrote the most words of The New Testament was St. Luke.
  • Paul was being taken to Rome to be tried as a political rebel when the ship sank near the coast of Malta.
  • There are three major branches of Christianity: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant. Roman Catholic has approximately 1.2 billion members; Protestant has 800 million and Eastern Orthodox 300 million.
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ. – St Paul.

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck Top Events and Things to Do

  • Go for a boat ride with your family and friends. Most people spend time with their family on friends on this holiday, so why not spend it on a boat, similar to St Paul.
  • Watch a movie about Christianity. Some of our favourites are: Passion of the Christ (2004), Jesus (1979), and Son of God (2014).
  • Attend the public celebration in Valetta, St Paul’s Bay and Munxar in Malta. These celebrations are meant as a public way of celebrating St Paul and they are some of the biggest celebration of the entire year.
  • Visit St Paul’s Grotto in Rabat, Malta. This cave was once refuge to St. Paul.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #FeastofStPaulShipwreck, #StPaulDay and #StPaulHeals.

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck - References and Related Sites

www.catholic.org: Saint Paul
www.visitmalta.com: St Paul in Malta

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