O First-Enthroned of the Apostles, teachers of the universe, entreat the Master of all to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls! –Troparion of Sts Peter and Paul
Tradition tells us that the princes of the apostles Peter and Paul were both martyred in Rome on June 29th. This is a great feast in all churches, but because our little parish is named in honor of Saint Peter it is an especially important and festive occasion. We are blessed to have in our church relics of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul. On the feast day these relics are taken with the icon of the saints in procession around the church after Divine Liturgy. At each wall of the church building the Gospel was read and the church and congregation was sprinkled with holy water.
The monks and congregation of the neighboring Holy Transfiguration Monastery came to celebrate the feast with us. Also present were Father Alipiy of the Holy Dormition Lavra in Univ, Ukraine, and Brother Gregory of the Dominican priory in Oakland, California.
Below are some pictures from the feast day, courtesy of Jim King. There will be more photos of the procession to come soon!