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Saints Peter and Paul

Today is the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. So, happy holy day! If you watch or come to Mass you will notice it is like a Sunday Mass with the Gloria, second reading and the Profession of Faith, as we lovingly remember Saint Peter and Saint Paul. For this holy day, I was told that the Eastern Churches even have a period of fasting to prepare for this Solemnity. Saint Peter and Saint Paul both came from different backgrounds and had different gifts, but both were called forth by Jesus’ love! Also, both were martyred by the emperor Nero. Saint Peter may have been imprisoned three of four times before being martyred around the year 64. One of the stories handed down to us is that Saint Peter asked to be crucified upside down since he did not feel worthy to die in same way that Jesus died on the cross.

Saint Paul, unlike Saint Peter, was a Roman citizen and had the right to a quick trial. When he was convicted he received a quick execution. Paul was beheaded in the Via Ostia, and on the spot of his execution a basilica now stands under his patronage. With that, the Basilica of Saint Peter is built over the place of his tomb. Saint Peter and Saint Paul are considered the Apostles of Rome. We praise God for them, their bold witness, and their epistles which help us live out our faith. Plus, this day we most likely think about their stories of conversion. If God’s grace transformed their lives, we know that the same grace can keep transforming ours. God bless and stay safe!

In Christ,

Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene