St Paul's call to Macedonia

Kavala/Biblical Neapolis (Acts 16:11)

Travelling to Greece in the footsteps of St Paul is an interesting pilgrimage taking in both the early missionary journey of the Apostle into Europe and spending time learning something of the Greek Orthodox Church and the history of this region, that at times has been extremely turbulent.

Arriving in Kavala, along the Egnatian Way (Via Egnatia) which is the ancient East-West route through the region, now a modern dual carriageway, we learnt that it is this is the area of Macedonia into which St Paul brought Christianity from Asia Minor, now modern Turkey. In Acts 16: 9 we read, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from Macedonia was standing beseeching him, and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’”.

A modern mosaic, beside a church in Kavala, marks the place where the arrival of Paul in Europe is assumed to have taken place. Last night at 2.30 a.m. we were woken by and almighty thunder storm. When it was overhead, it seemed to me it was louder and brighter than any thunder storm I can ever remember. That apart, we shall remember Kavala for the quality of the light on the sea and across the evening and morning sky - not unlike Swanage really; quite heavenly!