Feast of Saints Peter and Paul – a feast that celebrates the martyrdom of Peter and Paul. It is widely celebrated in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox faiths.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
They believe that both of them were killed on the same day, 67 AD. Other accounts say Peter was martyred in 64 AD, while Paul was killed in 67 AD. In some cases you will see CE. Both AD (Anno Domini, meaning in the Year of our Lord) and CE (Common Era) mean the same thing.
The day marks the end of the Apostles’ Fast In some Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches. Congregants attend an All-Night Vigil or Vespers the night before, and a Divine Liturgy in the morning. In the General Roman calendar, it is a celebration of solemnity—a solemnity being a feast of the highest rank. It is a holy day of obligation in some parts of the Western Church, meaning Mass should be attended. This is the case in countries such as England, Scotland, and Wales, but not in the United States or Canada. It is observed in Rome, where Peter and Paul are patron saints. There the Pope leads rituals and puts a pallium—a woolen cloak—on those who became archbishops during the previous year. Other types of entertainment such as fireworks, fairs, and music also take place there on the day.Checkiday
Peter, originally named Simon, he was a fisherman living in Capernaum prior to becoming one of the twelve apostles.
Paul, originally known as Saul. Who had a radical transformation on the Road to Damascus. He went from killing Christians, to becoming a Christian.
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, also known as Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. It is held annually on June 29.
Solemnity is a Roman Rite.
First published June 28, 2019. Last updated or republished June 29, 2020.