Christians celebrate conversion of St Paul

St Paul's Cathedral was the scene of a celebration to mark the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

The special Eucharist last weekend brought together worshippers from all the churches of St Paul within the Diocese of London.

The 'patronal feast' was marked with hymns, prayers, dramatic readings and a procession of banners.

Paul famously underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus that left him temporarily blind.

The celebration involved the procession of a giant phoenix, which was designed and made by the pupils of St Paul's Cathedral School.

It symbolises the way in which Paul arose from the ashes as a new person in Christ.

The theme for this year was love and service, and drew from 1 Corinthians 13 - Apostle Paul's oft quoted explanation of the nature of love.

The Bishop of Edmonton, Peter Wheatley, who attended the event, commented: "It was a wonderful event involving children from schools dedicated to St Paul and gathered together a wide spectrum of the Diocesan family, from the deaf church to those campaigning for fairtrade."