Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Feast of Saint Gamaliel

Yeah, you read the name right. According to tradition, one of the greatest ever rabbis in Judaism became a Christian, was baptized by St. Peter and is venerated by the Orthodox as a saint. Gamaliel, a Pharisee, was the tutor of St. Paul. He appears in Acts chapter five, where he argues for a tolerant approach to Christians.

O Almighty God, who willest to be glorified in thy Saints and didst raise up thy servant St. Gamaliel to shine as a light in the world: Shine, we pray thee, in our hearts, that we also in our generation may shew forth thy praises, who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvellous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Gamaliel, pray for us and for the Jewish people.

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