Firm upon the Rock of the Apostolic Faith

Adapted from  Fr Z’s post on the Vigil of today’s Feast of Ss Peter and Paul:


In the Extraordinary Form here is the Collect:

Præsta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut nullis nos permíttas perturbatiónibus cóncuti; quos in apostólicæ confessiónis petra solidásti.

Which is:

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we, whom You have made firm upon the rock of apostolic faith, may not be shaken by any distresses.

We stand upon the Rock who is Peter…. or… we… DON’T.

In the meantime, I love the Introit (John 21:18-19):

The Lord said to Peter, When you were young you girded yourself and walked where you would. But when you are old you will stretch forth your hands, and another will gird you, and lead you where you would not. Now this He said to signify by what manner of death he should glorify God.

Amen. And Amen.

Remember that today you can gain an indulgence (pretty easy to do in this Year of Mercy, anyway).

N.17—The faithful who use with devotion an object of piety (crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular or medal) properly blessed by any priest, can acquire a partial indulgence.

But if this object of piety is blessed by the Supreme Pontiff or any bishop, the faithful who use it devoutly can also acquire a plenary indulgence on the feast of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, provided they also make a profession of faith using any legitimate formula.

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1 Response to Firm upon the Rock of the Apostolic Faith

  1. Robert says:

    The Great Feast Of St Peter and St Paul.
    It was Pope Leo XIII who made St Peter Patron Saint Of England. England was consecrated to St Peter and Our Lady!
    St Peter was and the Great Abbey Of Westminster was dedicated to St Peter by St Edward the Confessor who is buried there.
    The practice of putting the cock weathervanes atop Church spires in England reminds of St Peter’s three denials. There is an old tradition that St Peter came to England in His lifetime.
    Before St George the patron saint of England was St Edmund.

    St Peter Of England pray for Us

    St Paul’s in City of London. There was a Church dedicated to St Paul in the 7th century. The tradition of disciples coming to England via France (a group that included St Mary Magdalen) that included St Joseph Of Arimithea persists in the West Country.
    So this glorious Feast Day is especially important. As Our For fathers said do not robe Peter (denying Peter) to pay Paul!


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