St. Paul, pray for us!  


Prayer for the Year of St. Paul
Glorious Saint Paul,
Apostle to the Gentiles,
when the Lord called, you answered,
and you spread the good news of the Gospel
to the very ends of the earth.
Pray for us,
that we may serve Christ as you did:
proclaiming the name of Jesus
in good times and bad,
when convenient and when inconvenient.
Pray for us,
that we may welcome all the people we meet
with compassionate hearts and open minds.
Pray for us,
that Christ may live in us
as he lived in you.
We pray in the name of the One
who is your Lord and ours,
Christ Jesus the Lord.  Amen.


We pray a litany in honor of St. Paul, and listen to him tell us his own story.  We know that his story is also our own, for we too have been called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light--called to ministry in the body of Christ.
You heard of my former way of life, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it… since I was a zealot for my ancestral traditions.  Gal 1: 14
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Acts 22: 4
Saint Paul, pray for us.
When the blood of Stephen was being shed, I myself stood by giving my approval and keeping guard over the cloaks of his murderers.  Acts 22: 20
Saint Paul, pray for us.
As I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. Acts 22: 6
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'  Acts 22: 7
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I replied, 'Who are you, sir?' And he said to me, 'I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.'  Acts 22: 8
Saint Paul, pray for us.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  Of these I am foremost.  1 Tim 1: 15
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.  1 Tim 1: 13
Saint Paul, pray for us.
Now I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.  Gal 2: 20
Saint Paul, pray for us.
They kept hearing that ‘the one who was once persecuting us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ So they glorified God because of me. Gal 1: 24
Saint Paul, pray for us.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and day upon the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure.  2 Cor 11: 25-27
Saint Paul, pray for us.
In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.  I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.  Phil 4: 12
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I, then, a prisoner of the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.  Eph 4: 1-2
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.  Phil 1: 6
Saint Paul, pray for us.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.  1 Cor 11:1
Saint Paul, pray for us.
I, urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man. Remember my chains.  Grace be with you.  Philemon 9; Col. 4: 18
Saint Paul, pray for us.



Joyful Mysteries with St. Paul
The First Joyful Mystery:  The Annunciation.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus."   Luke 1: 26-31
The words of Saint Paul:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell.  Colossians 1: 15-19
The Second Joyful Mystery:  The Visitation.
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”  Luke 1: 39-44
The words of Saint Paul:
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.  Romans 6: 9-13
The Third Joyful Mystery:  The Nativity.
Joseph went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2: 4-7
The words of Saint Paul:
For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2: 11-14
The Fourth Joyful Mystery:  The Presentation in the Temple.
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord," and to offer the sacrifice of "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons," in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Luke 2: 22-24
The words of Saint Paul:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"  So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
Galatians 4: 4-7
The Fifth Joyful Mystery:  The Finding in the Temple.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.
Luke 2: 46-51
The words of Saint Paul: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 4: 4-8

Luminous Mysteries with St. Paul
The First Luminous Mystery:  Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan.
After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” 
Luke 3: 21-22
The words of Saint Paul:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.
Romans 6: 3-4
The Second Luminous Mystery:  The Wedding Feast at Cana.
There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
John 2: 1-5
The words of Saint Paul:
Your kindness should be known to all…. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 5-7
The Third Luminous Mystery:  The Proclamation of the Kingdom.
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:  “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
Mark 1: 14-15
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus:  …proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching…. put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4: 1-2, 5
The Fourth Luminous Mystery:  The Transfiguration of the Lord.
Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them…. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to him.”
Mark 9: 2-3, 7
The words of Saint Paul: 
God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 6
The Fifth Luminous Mystery:  The Institution of the Eucharist.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”
Mark 14: 22-24
The words of Saint Paul: 
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
I Corinthians 10: 16-17

Sorrowful Mysteries with St. Paul
The First Sorrowful Mystery:  The Agony in the Garden.
Jesus advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.  Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” 
Mark 14: 35-36
The words of Saint Paul:
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
Romans 6: 10-11
The Second Sorrowful Mystery:  The Scourging at the Pillar.
Pilate said to them, “I find no guilt in him.  But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.  Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”  They cried out again, “not this one, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.  Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.
John 18: 38-40; 19: 1
The words of Saint Paul:
The inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize him, and by condemning him they fulfilled the oracles of the prophets that are read sabbath after sabbath.  For even though they found no ground for a death sentence they asked Pilate to have him put to death.
Acts 13: 27-28
The Third Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crowning with Thorns.
They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him.  Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand.  And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Matthew 27: 28-29
The words of Saint Paul:
The Lord said to me,  "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Carrying of the Cross.
And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him.  They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Mark 15: 20-21
The words of Saint Paul:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…. We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
I Corinthians 1: 18, 22-25
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:  The Crucifixion.
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.  The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.  When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly, this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15: 37-39
The words of Saint Paul:
Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly.  Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.  But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5: 6-8

Glorious Mysteries with St. Paul
The First Glorious Mystery:  The Resurrection.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.'" 
Mark 16: 6-7
The words of Saint Paul: 
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him.  As to his death, he died to sin once and for all; as to his life, he lives for God.  Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.
Romans 6: 10-11
The Second Glorious Mystery:  The Ascension.
Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.
Luke 24: 50-51
The words of Saint Paul:
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Ephesians 1: 18-21
The Third Glorious Mystery:  The Descent of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said to his disciples, “I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
Luke 24: 49
The words of Saint Paul:
Live by the Spirit…. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.
Galatians 5: 23-25
The Fourth Glorious Mystery:  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
And Mary said:  “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.  For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages all me blessed.”
The words of Saint Paul:
When that which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about: "Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15: 54b-57
The Fifth Glorious Mystery:  Mary is Crowned Queen of Heaven.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Revelation 12: 1
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.  For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.
Romans 8: 28-30



St. James Cathedral, Seattle