Feast of St. Paul's shipwreck in Malta in 2021

Feast of St. Paul's shipwreck in Malta in 2021

  How long until Feast of St. Paul's shipwreck?
This holiday next takes place in 137 days.
  Dates of Feast of St. Paul's shipwreck in Malta
2022 Malta Thu, Feb 10 Public Holiday
2021 Malta Wed, Feb 10 Public Holiday
2020 Malta Mon, Feb 10 Public Holiday
2019 Malta Sun, Feb 10 Public Holiday
2018 Malta Sat, Feb 10 Public Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates when St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta in 60AD as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament
  Local name
San Pawl Nawfragu

When is the Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck?

This public holiday is always celebrated on February 10th. In Malta, it is called 'San Pawl Nawfragu'.

St. Paul is the patron saint of Malta.

The is the first major feast day of the year and it commemorates when St. Paul was shipwrecked on Malta in 60AD as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Bible.

History of the Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck

Paul was being transported to Rome as a prisoner on a ship that had sailed from Adramyttium in modern-day Turkey. On the journey, the ship had been damaged by storms and was driven aground in Malta.

Paul was made welcome by the islanders. When making a fire, Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake and the locals were astonished that he suffered no ill-effects.

Paul then healed the father of an island official, after which many islanders would come to Paul to receive healing.

While under guard as a Roman prisoner, Paul stayed on Malta for three months, leaving for Rome on a ship that had sheltered in Malta over the winter.

Paul is the patron saint of Malta.... and snakebite victims.

The day is a time for family gatherings and observed by religious ceremonies and processions, particularly at the Church of St. Paul Shipwrecked in Valletta.

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