Today is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul.
Here’s what you need to know...
St. Peter and St. Paul sharing the same Feast Day has ancient origins, going as far back as 258.
They originally shared the same Feast Day because it was believed they were martyred on the same day--June 29th. But, historians debate the evidence today.
They were both martyred in Rome. Saint Paul was beheaded, and St. Peter was crucified upside down because he said he was not worthy to be sacrificed in the same manner as Jesus.
I think St. Augustine sums up the brothers in Christ much better than I can. In a sermon in the year 395, he says of Sts. Peter and Paul...
“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.”
Sts. Peter and Paul, ora pro nobis!
Happy Feast Day everyone.