It has definitely been awhile since I've planned ahead and shared with your our family's ideas for how we will celebrate a special Church feast day. The last one was the Feast of the Ascension back in the beginning of May. We've definitely been slacking in our feast celebrating, but I'm back with the next Feast our family will be celebrating: the Dual Feast Day of Saints Peter + Paul this coming Saturday, June 29th!
In some traditions, this Feast Day is spread out over two days with St. Paul being recognized on the 30th instead. You also might notice that both these Saints have already been celebrated once this year - St. Peter has the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd while we honor the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th each year. On this Solemnity, the two saints are honored together in their participation in the founding of the Holy See of Rome. As they served together in ministry and then shared the city in which they were martyred in common, these two saints have been chosen to be honored together despite having died at different times.
This day falls during Ordinary Time, which is the growing season of the Church, where Christians are called to "Go forth into the world and make disciples." What could be a better time to celebrate such important and holy men?
I found this following quote from St. Augustine of Hippo regarding this Feast Day:
“Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”
Here are some simple ways you can join in celebrating these two Godly men and teach your children about the early Church:
Traditions Around the World
In Alpine countries a tradition was that during the morning Angelus bells, the Faithful would step outside, kneel down and say the "Angel of the Lord" prayers. They would then bow towards Rome, crossing themselves and believing that the Holy Father's blessing in Rome would be carried to them by the angels on this special day.
Any fish dish would be appropriate for St. Peter as he was a fishermen before coming to follow Christ. I'm always hesitant to cook fish, so if you're like me, here are a few recipes that look pretty tasty to get you started.
St. Peter's Day Fish with Herbs from Catholic Culture
St. Peter's Fish with Parsley Sauce from Cooking with the Bible
St. Peter's Spicy Fish from Kitchen Stewardship
Another idea is this delicious looking Avacado Soup from Catholic Cuisine - this would make a perfect summery addition to your feast!
If you want to creatively work St. Peter and St. Paul's symbols into cookies, cupcakes, biscuits, or another food, here are some ideas:
Red (for martyrs)
St. Peter: 2 keys crossed, a cock crowing, fish, sword, upside down cross
St. Paul: sword, scroll,
This coloring page of St. Peter and St. Paul from Imagekind is perfect for the day!
St. Paul's Shipwreck Craft from Aunties Bible Lessons
Make a Paper Boat in honor of St. Peter being a fisherman.
I have not personally read all of these, but I've heard wonderful reviews about each of these. Happy reading!
The Man Who Never Died: The Life and Adventures of St. Peter, the First Pope by Gerald T. Brennan
The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children by Marigold Hunt
Adventures of Saint Paul by Oldrich Selucký
St. Peter's Story by Marion Thomas + illustrated by Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Enjoy celebrating this upcoming Feast Day with your family and honoring these two Saints who gave their lives to establish Christ's Church on the earth!
A blessed solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul to you each,
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This post Celebrating the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul first appeared on Two Os Plus More on 26 June 2013