29 June: Feast of SS Peter & Paul…editor
Discuss any issues arising from this important Feast – perhaps the role of Peter – Francis – as Supreme Pontiff?
As well as discussion on relevant key issues, though, such an important Feast must be celebrated with the usual mix of Feast day greetings, favourite prayers, hymns, jokes and stories – enjoy!
A very happy Feast of SS Peter & Paul to one and all!
Excerpt from Great Vespers with Litiya*:
With what spiritual songs shall we praise Peter and Paul?
They slew the godless tongues of idolaters.
They are fearful swords of the Spirit and notable ornaments of Rome,
nourishers of the whole world
and the God-inspired tablets of the new covenant.
Christ, in His great mercy, has proclaimed their honour in Sion.
In Tone 4, Glory…
Christ asked three times: Peter, do you love Me?
Thereby He satisfied the three-fold denial;
and Simon, understanding the mystery, cried to the Lord:
You know all things; You know that I love You.
After this, Christ said to him:
Feed my sheep, feed my lambs;
feed those sheep which I have fashioned for salvation with my own blood.
Therefore, O blessed Apostle of God,
beseech Him to grant us great mercy.
O Mother of God, David the prophet and forefather of Christ foretold in song
the great things that would happen to you.
He revealed that you would be a queen,
standing at the right hand of God,
and that you would be the Mother of Life and Intercessor for the world.
He prophesied that God, in his good will toward mankind,
would become incarnate of you without a human father.
Thus He would restore His image within us,
which had become disfigured by our passions.
He would seek out the lost sheep that was trapped in the hills;
He would lift it upon His shoulder and carry it to His Father
who would place it in the midst of His heavenly hosts.
In like manner, Christ will save the world because of His great and abundant mercy.
(1) 1 Peter 1: 3-9; (2) 1 Peter 1: 13 – 19; (3) 1 Peter 2: 11-24
In Tone 2
Come today, O assemblies of the faithful,
O choirs full of praise, O beautiful gathering,
O chosen craftsmen of grace,
we are crowning Peter and Paul with worthy praises.
They sowed the Word in its fullness;
through them the grace of the Spirit was poured out abundantly.
And being the vine of the true vineyard,
they divided up for us a ripe cluster, making our hearts joyful.
Let us sing to them with clear expression,
and with a clean conscience let us say:
Rejoice, O destroyers of the unwise
and the servants of the spiritual ones.
Rejoice, O intermediaries for the good who banish evil.
Let us beseech them to always pray to the Creator and Teacher
to grant an enduring peace to the world
and great mercy to our souls.
* Litiya is a special service with the blessing of wheat, wine and oil. It is done with Great Vespers on the eve of a Great Feast.
That’s lovely! Thank you for sanctifying the feast right at the start!
As for Francis acting in the role of Supreme Pontiff – the only time I can remember him pulling office was when he was attacking Tradition – he said he was pope and could do what he liked, or something like that. I can’t remember the exact story, so maybe someone else can fill in the gaps. It’s the nearest he’s come to recognising the office of Supreme Pontiff, LOL!
Happy SS Peter and Paul to everyone.
Your story does ring a bell but I don’t have time to Google to check the details right now. Maybe later.
One of our English bloggers sent me the following joke, which made me laugh – but, no wonder said Sassenach prefers to remain anonymous!
There was a Scottish painter named Smokey Macgregor, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, So he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.
As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Baptist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of their large building.
Smokey put in a bid, & because his price was so low, he got the job. So he set about erecting the scaffolding & setting up the planks & buying the paint & yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with water…
Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, the sky opened, & the rain poured down.
Washing the thinned paint from all over the church, & knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned & useless paint.
Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty,So he got down on his knees & cried: “Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?”
And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke..
(you’re going to love this)
“Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more…”
Happy Feast of SS Peter & Paul to one and all! Enjoy the day!
Hilarious! I spent most of yesterday painting (not a Baptist Church right enough) so that joke was most enjoyable!
From the resident “Peter” a very happy feast day!
Happy Feast Day, Petrus! May your Apostolic namesake always protect you!
A Happy Feast Day everyone.
I enjoyed the joke and laughed out loud. The poor Sassenach need not worry, if we cannot laugh at ourselves, what can we laugh about.
Waving from the west coast of Florida.
Happy Feast Day to you all! Upon perusing the readings in today’s Mass I couldn’t help wondering how on earth the clergy can fail to join up the dots. Puzzling.
Happy feast day everyone!
Belated Happy Feast everyone – sorry I missed it yesterday! We need to pray especially hard for Pope Francis that he comes to his senses and consecrates Russia soon.
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