Celebrating Peter and Paul
Date Posted: Thursday 06 June 2013
On 30 June we celebrate our secondary patronal festival honouring the two great apostles of the faith Peter and Paul. The universal Church has since earliest times linked Peter and Paul, celebrating them together at the end of June. Peter is often called ‘Prince of the Apostles’, called to be the rock on which the Church would be built; Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles, engaging in many missionary journeys throughout the middle East. Both Peter and Paul are believed to have been martyred under the emperor Nero in AD64.
The heart of our celebration is High Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 30 June. Weather permitting, Mass commences with a joyful procession through the streets of the Old Town of Edinburgh. On the last Sunday before their summer vacation, the choir will sing the Mass in E minor of Léonce de Saint-Martin (organist of Notre-Dame de Paris in the mid-20th century) and the motet “Gaudent in coelis” of Tomás Victoria (the late 16th century Spanish composer).
Almighty God, your blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you in their death as in their life. Grant that your Church, inspired by their teaching and example, and made one by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ our Lord.