Saints Peter & Paul

Saints Peter & Paul

On June 29th The Church celebrates the martyrdom of Sts. Peter and Paul. Together these Saints founded the See of Rome through their bold preaching, ministry and martyrdom there. 

Peter, who was called Simon, was a fisherman in Galilee when he answered the call from Christ to become a fisher of men. It was here that he was given the name Peter (Cephas or Petrus in Latin) which means ‘rock’ because he was to be the rock Christ built his Church on. 

Paul, who was called Saul, lived a violent life of zealous persecution of the Christians in Jerusalem; he was even present at the martyrdom of St. Stephen. St. Paul's conversion came on the road to Damascus when Christ asked him why he (Paul) was persecuting him. Upon this encounter Paul continued to Damascus and was baptized. Here he took the name Paul and spent the remainder of his life preaching the Gospel 

“Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.” 


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