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Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Liturgy, Liz Estler, Saints and Blesseds, Solemnity

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

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Saints Peter and Paul

“This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. ‘For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message.' These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it.

“Saint Peter, the first of the apostles and a fervent lover of Christ, merited to hear these words…: ‘I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church…

“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 suffereings, their preaching and their confession of faith.”

(From a sermon by Saint Augustine, from the Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours)

Art for this post on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles: Saint Peter and Saint Paul, El Greco, between 1590 and 1600, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Liz Estler

Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Jeanette

    Thanks Liz! I wanted to share what I read this morning by Fr. Bob Colaresi on the Society of the Little Flower website…I was quite struck by it.

    You have a surprising sense of humor, Holy God! You built the Church on Peter and Paul. They were powerful in their service to Jesus and proclaiming Your saving Word. We love the wholeheartedness of Peter. We cherish the charismatic Paul. We thank you for their struggles and the way they poured themselves out for your Church. As Peter became protective of the heritage and Paul became more expansive with the message, keep your Church faithful to the tension. Keep us faithful to the past as we create your new future with the kingdom keys you have given us. Some people try to confine your Church to be a museum of the past. Help us move with Your Spirit, based on the rock of faith. Empower us to use well the keys of freedom and bondage, to open your saving message to all peoples. You must still be smiling as you watch us today deal with the tension of being protectively faithful and expansively creative. Peter and Paul, continue to live equally in us!

    • Thank you for posting this! I really needed to hear this. Been struggling with this very tension lately. But God has been sending me a message to discern instead of sticking to one side without fully understanding the whole picture. I wish someone could just tell me what to do. Discerning can be difficult but important if we want to mature in our relationship with Him. Thank you! God Bless!

      • Jeanette

        God bless you too!

      • LizEst

        …and God bless both of you, as well! Happy Solemnity to all!

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