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Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

June 29 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

From as early as the fourth century,  Sts. Peter and Paul have been celebrated together on June 29th. In one of his sermons, St. Augustine of Hippo said:

There is one day for the passion of two apostles. But these two also were as one; although they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, Paul followed. We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles. Let us love their faith, their lives, their labors, their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching.  

Saint Peter

Saint Peter was the rock upon which Christ built His Church. In the New Testament, Peter is established as the clear leader of the apostles, having been present for events such as the Transfiguration and the Lord’s Passion. Yet, the Gospels do not fail to remind us that despite being chosen to have a special relationship with Jesus, St. Peter was still human. We see this as through Christ, he walks on water, but sinks because of his doubt. St. Peter swears at the Last Supper that he will never deny Christ and yet, he does so three times. Still, in spite of his human weakness, the Lord chose St. Peter to build His Church upon.

Saint Paul

Before he became St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, he was Saul, one of Christ’s and the Church’s biggest persecutors. Believing he was doing God’s will as a Jew, Saul sought out Christians and had them put on trial, resulting in many of their deaths. He was even present for the stoning of the First Martyr, St. Stephen.

It wasn’t until his journey to Damascus that St. Paul’s conversion began. A blinding light knocked Saul from his horse, rendering him blind for three days. The Lord asked: “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He responded: “Who are you?” to which the Lord replied: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

After his vision was restored by Ananias of Damascus, Saul was baptized. He immediately began to preach about Christ but was persecuted by the Jews just as he had previously persecuted the Christians. In order to continue preaching, he returned to his Roman name, Paul, and spent the rest of his life spreading the Gospel of Jesus.

Today we pray:

O God, who on the Solemnity

of the Apostles Peter and Paul,

give us the noble and holy joy of this day,

grant, we pray, that your Church

may in all things follow the teaching

of those through whom she received

the beginnings of right religion.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

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Date:
June 29
Time:
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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