Sunday, November 1, 2015

St. Paul Cruise: Philipi and Kavala

by JesseRay on November 1, 2015

We spent the day exploring Philipi. We had Mass at a beautiful site with water flowing around us as we renewed our Baptismal vows.

Here is the recording of the Homily in Philipi.

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Exciting Biblical Day with St. Paul in Philippi

by Steve Ray on November 1, 2015

After some rough seas, making it a true Pauline experience, we arrived in the port city of Macedonia Greece named Kavala. It was named Neapolis in St. Paul’s time. 

Paul stepped off the ship for the first time on European soil. Arriving in Philippi we celebrated Mass on the shore of the Zigatis River (really a creek) where St. Paul proclaimed the Good News and baptized Lydia and others. Here we also renewed our baptismal vows. 

We visited the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Lydia along the banks of the river with its magnificent icons and paintings of the events surrounding St. Paul’s visit here. 

Then we saw the join where Paul was imprisoned (Acts 16) and the ruins of the ancient city. At the 2,400 year old Roman theatres I gave my shortened version of my talk “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”

We then stopped at a nondescript spot where I knew there still existed a portion of the ancient Egnatian Way. So, we all walked in the footprints of St. Paul, literally. 

After we returned to the ship Fr. Larry Richards’ gave his talk on repentance and everyone followed up with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Then dinner and a free evening. Tomorrow to Istanbul (Constantinople).

Walking with St. Paul thru Philippi

Fr. Larry’s Homily at Philippi

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If You Know a Filipino . . .

by Steve Ray on November 1, 2015

. . . please send them a copy of my Open Letter to Filipinos. You can send them the text or simply the link.

I wrote this letter while in Manila for a local parish bulletin but it has circled the globe many times and has appeared repeatedly in all the Philippine newspapers.

It was one of those blessed moments. If you are Filipino or know a Filipino, please make sure they read this letter.

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