節日 / Solemnity
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Saints Peter and Paul are the principal Pillars of the Church founded by Christ.
St. Peter was chosen by Christ to be his first Vicar on earth; he was endowed with the power of the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and given the role of Shepherd of Christ’s flock.
In St. Peter and his successors, the popes, there is a visible sign of unity and communion in faith and charity. Divine grace led St. Peter to profess Christ’s divinity. He suffered martyrdom under Nero about AD 64 and is buried at the hill of the Vatican.
St. Paul was chosen to form part of the College of Apostles by Christ himself after his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus. Selected to bring Christ’s name to all peoples, he was a great missionary, advocate of pagans, and “Apostle of the Gentiles”.
He was beheaded in the Tre Fontane along the Via Ostiense and buried nearby.
Grant, we pray, O Lord our God,
that we may be sustained
by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,
that, as through them you gave your Church
the foundations of her heavenly office,
so through them you may help her to eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: Daily Roman Missal, 2011