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This statue of St Paul the Apostle stands high atop a column in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, U.K.

Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul, was born around the same time as Jesus. Paul was a citizen of the capital city of Cilicia, Tarsus which was Roman land at that time. The young Saul received an excellent education.
He was later to become one of the greatest critics and most sever persecutors of the new faith and church, referred to in the first hundred years after Jesus’ death and resurrection as The Way. Jesus’ followers were ‘people of The Way’.
Saul’s dramatic conversion experience on the road to Damascus is well known; almost mythical in stature and renown. This conversion changed the course of his life and the Christian faith.
Ananais baptised and named him Paul and his new life began. He visited Jerusalem staying with Peter and James, Jesus’ brother and was then approached by Barnabas a friend from Jerusalem to help the church of Antioch.
Paul and Barnabas began traveling together preaching the Gospel of Christ. Paul’s preaching aroused the tempers of the Jewish leaders and he was quickly opposed by both the Jewish and Christian communities. Paul insisted that the only requirement to be a Christian was to be saved through Jesus Christ, and not saved by keeping the law of man.

Despite many warnings, Paul insisted on going to Jerusalem where he was captured and put in prison. He spent a little more than two years in prison without a trial and was finally granted a hearing before the Emperor of Rome. At this hearing Paul was finally released but soon arrested again. Shortly after this arrest Paul was beheaded, most probably around 66 A.D. four years before Jerusalem fell.
Most of Paul’s writings were done during his times of imprisonment. His love for Jesus Christ who he never physically met is a shining example for all believers today.
Paul’s writings consisted of letters to the churches and a large percentage of the New Testament is credited to Paul and it is his teachings which inform much of the Christian faith.

His feast day is June 29th.

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An avid photographer, both still and moving, since I was 10 years old, I later discovered and developed a particular love of macro, which is now one of my main genres. More recently, however, my repertoire has broadened to include stained glass windows and particularly the stunning beauty of outback New South Wales and South, Australia.
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Comments

  • JDL15
    JDL15about 4 years ago

    thanks for sharing

  • haha! You’re welcome…all for a particular group actually…the historic churches one…Have you spotted this statue in the garden at st pauls?

    It is really rather high and at the side (not the street side) just behind what I think are old foundations or ruins.

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Alicia R. Bernal
    Alicia R. Bernalabout 4 years ago

    Your image of him is majestic here…he must be smiling at you from above…

  • Oh you are so kind Alicia…I was certainly impressed and amazed that I noticed him. He is position on to of a very high column in a discreet corner. Hence the dominant or, as you put it so rightly, majestic angle. And yes, I’d like to think he was smiling on me!…xx

    : )

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • webbie
    webbiealmost 4 years ago

  • WOW! Really? You’re kidding. And to think I nearly didn’t upload this pic…wasn’t very confident that it was good enough.
    But then just maybe the Apostle Paul is worthy of being featured!!! Hmmm…not me but Him!

    : )

    <;)))><

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • webbie
    webbiealmost 4 years ago

    Both Sis, Jesus see us all the same yet actions or different..huggggggz

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 4 years ago

  • My goodness…thank you for your generosity Marie…as always you are wonderfully kind. This shot had been languising in iPhoto for too long, until I stumbled across it. So this is quite amazing!!..xxxx

    : )

    <;)))><

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Wow!!! Thank you so much Marie for the feature!! A great statue, though it was hard to capture, standing as it/he was high on a plinth!…

    :)

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • WOW!!! I can’t quite fathom that!!!!
    Such a simple point and shoot shot from such an angle!!
    Thank you so much…and thank you to all the members of Statues and Such who voted for it.

    :)

    – Jan Stead JEMproductions

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