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Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (January 25)   Leave a comment

Conversion of St. Paul--Rubens

Above:  The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, by Peter Paul Rubens

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We Sing the Glorious Conquest Before Damascus Gate:

“Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?” (Acts 9-6):

Saul, Why Such Furious Hate, Such Blinded Zeal:


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Saul, Why Such Furious Hate, Such Blinded Zeal?   2 comments

Conversion of St. Paul--Michaelangelo Buonarroti

Above:  The Conversion of St. Paul, by Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Text by Greville Phillimore (1821-1884)

Hymn Source = In Memoriam (1884)


Saul, why such furious hate, such blinded zeal?

Lift up thine eyes, the dazzling light behold;

Lo, Christ doth once again Himself reveal;

To stay the wolf which leaps into His fold!


O tender love, that had such watchful care

From the fierce foe His chosen ones to keep;

O wondrous grace, which could the foe ensnare,

And send him on, a shepherd to the sheep.


O Lord, shew forth Thy mercy and Thy might,

From zeal misguided keep Thy servants free;

Send from Thy holy hill Thy truth and light,

And call the disobedient back to Thee.


So shall Thy saving health on earth be known,

So shall Thy work Thy faithful Church employ;

Cast down not forsaken–not alone,

Her day of mourning shall be turned to joy.


Be, then, O Saviour, her defence and shield,

In the mad warfare of this world below;

Teach her on earth the Spirit’s sword to wield,

And in the world to come the crown bestow.


We Sing the Glorious Conquest Before Damascus Gate   2 comments


Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul (1690), by Luca Giordano (1634-1705)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), The Episcopal Church

Words (1871) by John Ellerton (1826-1893), a priest of The Church and England, and a writer and translator of hymns


1.  We sing the glorious conquest

Before Damascus Gate,

When Saul, the Church’s spoiler,

Came breathing threats and hate;

The ravening wolf rushed forward

Full early to the prey;

But lo! the Shepherd met him,

And bound him fast to-day.

2.   O glory most excelling

That smote across his path!

O light that pierced and blinded

The zealot in his wrath!

O voice that spake within him

The calm, reproving word!

O love that sought and held him

The bondman of his Lord!

3.  O Wisdom ordering all things

In order strong and sweet,

What nobler spoil was ever

Cast at the Victor’s feet?

What wiser master-builder

E’er wrought at thine employ

Than he, till now so furious

Thy building to destroy?

4.  Lord, teach thy Church then lesson,

Still in her darkest hour

Of weakness and of danger,

To trust thy hidden power:

Thy grace by ways mysterious

The wrath of man can bind,

And in thy boldest foeman

Thy chosen saint can find.

“Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?” (Acts 9-6)   5 comments

Above:  The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio

Image Source = Wikipedia

Poem (undated; published in 1883) by John Dodson Taylor, Sr., my paternal great-grandfather

Text based on Acts 9:6, from the conversion of St. Paul


Why thus has been my mission masked?

God’s purpose in me hid from view;

Have I ne’er with his servant asked

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?


That I may honor Lord, Thy name,

And sin in all its forms eschew–

Man’s only purpose, highest aim–

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?


That my life be one that shall prove

A life to right and virtue true,

And end at last in one above,

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?