The Church celebrates the memory of the martyrdom of St. Peter and St. Paul on the 5th of Abib, which is the 12th of July. This feast is called in ur Church by the name of “the Feast of the Apostles”. Its date is unchanged in every year.
The Church venerates these two apostles very profoundly; and raises them and honors them exceedingly; especially in the prayer of the partition” or “the division” which pertains to the fast of the apostles nd to the feast of the apostles, which we pray during the holy mass.
These two saints represent two distinguished kinds as regards the ersonality, the mission, and the style. Each one of them has distinct characteristics.
THE POINTS OF DIFFERENCE (more…)
We celebrate the “Feast of the Apostles.” In preparation for this feast I would like to share some thoughts concerning the apostles and the establishment of the early church. It is my prayer that all will draw closer to God, to an understanding of the apostles, and to those who received instruction from disciples of the apostles.
“And He appointed twelve, whom He also named APOSTLES, to be with Him and to be sent out…” (Mark 3:14).
The twelve apostles formed the inner core of the Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. They were personally chosen by the Lord Himself, had the power of working miracles, and were inspired to teach and to do extraordinary mission work. On the Feast of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came down on the apostles and they became great, giving witness with the power of the life and death and the resurrection of Jesus as He declared they should. (more…)