Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul

Holy Day of Obligation

Thursday, 28th June

7:00pm - Vigil Mass (English) 

St. Mary's Church, High Street

Friday, 29th June

12:00pm - Holy Mass (English) 

  St. Mary's Church, High Street

7:00pm -   Holy Mass (Latin)

  St. Mary's Church, High Street

The martyrdom of St Peter and St Paul

 

According to legend, St Peter and St Paul were executed in Rome and buried on the same day at the command of the Emperor Nero. Historical accounts, however, suggest Paul was martyred in 67AD and Peter in 64AD.

St. Peter is widely considered to have been crucified upside down as he said he wasn’t worthy to by executed in the same way as Christ, and St Paul was afforded martyrdom by beheading, his right as a Roman citizen.

St Augustine of Hippo held a sermon in 395, where he explained that Peter and Paul share the same feast day as “these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one”. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul celebrates their martyrdom and their embracement of Christ.

 

29th June: A Day of Obligation

The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a Holy Day of Obligation in England, Scotland and Wales, where Catholics of the Roman church are required to attend Mass.

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