Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are the origin of her faith and will remain her protectors and her guides.
Two very different men, Peter and Paul might be surprised to be sharing a solemnity together. Peter was a humble fisherman and the first one Jesus called to follow him. Jesus commissioned him to be our leader in the faith. Paul was sophisticated and highly educated; never “knew” Jesus during his lifetime, yet he became one of the Church’s fearless preachers. As different as Peter and Paul were, they worked to bring unity to the Church and were united for Christ in their deaths.
The feast falls on June 29th, but in the United States is will be celebrated on July 1, 2012.