Santi Pietro e Paolo


petrus paulusThe Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on June 29. The celebration is of ancient Christian origin, the selected date is the anniversary of their death or the translation of their relics.

On the evening of June 28 there is the blessing of the balls by the pontiff; the following morning, the “fisherman’s net” is hung at the central gate of the Vatican basilica, to commemorate the humble profession of Peter while at the same time in the Lateran basilica we witness the exposition of the reliquaries containing the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul.

In the church of San Pietro in Carcere, after a sacred celebration, you can visit the prison where the apostle was imprisoned after his arrest.

At Vespers and Lauds the hymn Decora lux aeternitatis auream is recited or sung.

In Italy, June 29, the day of Saints Peter and Paul, was a concordat holiday until 1976, but the holiday was abrogated in March 1977, remaining only as a patronal feast for the city of Rome. In Ticino it is still a public holiday.


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