January 25th is one of the holy days in the Church year, and a momentous event in the early years of Christianity: the conversion of St. Paul.
Last year I wrote a note about the Collect of the Day which you’re welcome to peruse.
Today I thought I’d highlight a hymn verse appropriate for today, from Horatio Nelson’s 1864 fill-in-the-blank hymn, From all thy saints in warfare.
Praise for the light from heaven,
Praise for the voice of awe,
Praise for the glorious vision
the persecutor saw.
Thee, Lord, for his conversion,
we glorify today;
So lighten all our darkness
With thy true Spirit’s ray.
What we have here is such wonderful Epiphany language – the star the Magi followed, the light to lighten the Gentiles, the light from heaven that blinded St. Paul before his conversion and until his baptism. The light of the Gospel lightens our darkness, it made St. Paul (and us) truly see.
Think on that today; what has the Light of the World done unto you?