In the Footsteps of St Paul

In the footsteps of St Paul

The aim of this tour is to visit the sites covered by 'Our Father Paul', during his 3-month long stay on Malta, after his ship ran aground when en route to Rome to be tried, as was his right, as a Roman citizen.

The day starts with a visit of the St. Paul's Shipwreck Church, one of the oldest churches in Valletta and a church that boasts many treasures, amongst which two relics of the saint, a part of the column on which he was beheaded, and the right wrist bone.

The tour moves on to the Mellieha cave church, to view a painting of the Madonna on the rock face, one that is attributed to St. Luke, shipwrecked on Malta together with St. Paul. The church has long been a Marian shrine, and a site for pilgrims who used to travel here from all over the island, some on foot, others by donkey, and spend the night in the little rooms on the side of the verandah, which gives the most spectacular views of the channel that separates Malta from its sister smaller islands.

The next very important visit will be that of St. Paul's Bay, just the part of the shore, across from the islands, where the ship is believed to have been wrecked. This is a very removed part of the shore, where the group is able to reflect on Chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles, which deal with Paul's shipwreck on Malta.

A little distance away is St. Paul's shipwreck church, just where it is thought that the locals lit up a fire, to warm up Paul and his fellow survivors, when having swam to shore. It was here that he was bitten by the viper, which he shook back into the fire, never to have been affected by the venom.

The tour next takes us to Naxxar, where another chapel stands on the site from where Paul's preaching is said to have been heard from the island of Gozo.

This will be followed by an optional 35 minute docudrama on St. Paul's shipwreck as recorded in the Acts, a multiple projection on a 13 metre-wide screen. This production is viewed at the Franciscan Conventual Centre.

Next on our itinerary will be Rabat, where we will visit the grotto where the saint lived, prayed and preached during much of his 3-month long stay on the island. We will also visit the Parish Church for Rabat, built over the grotto, and naturally dedicated to the St. Paul.

Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Mdina and its Cathedral

The day will end with a walking tour of Mdina, where the Cathedral takes pride of place, standing on what is believed to have been the site for the home of Publius, the Roman governor. Publius's father was terminally ill, and Paul prayed over him and cured him. According to tradition, Paul had Publius converted, appointing him Bishop. Publius’ home, then became a first church for the emerging Christian community.

The itinerary as described involves two entrance fees each of 5 Euro per person, not included in quoted costs.

Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Behading of St Paul
St Paul Relic Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
St Paul's Relic
St Paul Column Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
St Paul's Column
Mellieha Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha
St Paul Grotto Malta guided tour by Amy Pace
St Paul's Grotto