Date(s) - November 23, 2021
Paul went to see the Bishop of Alexandria and told him about the vision. On Friday November 22, 1720, from the hands of the Bishop, Paul received his new habit – from that time on he would be known as Paul of the Cross.
After the ceremony Paul went to Castellazzo, and there began a retreat for forty days. Cutting himself off completely from the world, he fasted and prayed, and prepared himself to write the holy rule of his newly founded order. He spent as long as five hours at a time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and at the same time, saints from Heaven appeared to him, instructing him and praying for him. It took only five days for Paul to complete his rule because he said, “When I was writing, I wrote as quickly as if someone were dictating to me; I felt the words coming from my heart!”