Feast of St. Pauls shipwreck
Originally shared by AquaVenture Malta
Today in Malta we celebrate the Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck.
Paul was being taken to Rome to be tried as a political rebel, but the ship carrying him and some 274 others was caught in a violent storm only to be wrecked two weeks later on the Maltese coast. All aboard swam safely to land.
The site of the wreck is traditionally known as St. Paul’s Island, and is marked by a statue commemorating the event.
The welcome given to the survivors is described in the Acts of the Apostles (XXVIII) by St. Luke:
„And later we learned that the island was called Malta.
And the people who lived there showed us great kindness,
and they made a fire and called us all to warm ourselves… „