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Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Take care that the worldling does not pursue with greater zeal and anxiety the perishable goods of this world than you do the eternal. - Saint Ignatius


My Bible History - Old Testament #29 - The Burning Bush, by by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow, D.D.


Saint Paul the Apostle

Also known as

• Apostle Paul
• Apostle to the Gentiles
• Paul of Tarsus
• Saul of Tarsus

Memorials

• 25 January (celebration of his conversion)
• 16 February (Saint Paul Shipwrecked)
• 29 June (celebration of Saint Peter and Saint Paul as co-founders of the Church)

• 18 November (feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul)

Profile

Jewish Talmudic student. Pharisee. Tent-maker by trade. Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians as heretical, even assisting at the stoning of Saint Stephen the Martyr. On his way to Damascus, Syria, to arrest another group of faithful, he was knocked to the ground, struck blind by a heavenly light, and given the message that in persecuting Christians, he was persecuting Christ. The experience had a profound spiritual effect on him, causing his conversion to Christianity. He was baptized, changed his name to Paul to reflect his new persona, and began travelling, preaching and teaching. His letters to the churches he help found form a large percentage of the New Testament. Knew and worked with many of the earliest saints and fathers of the Church. Martyr.

Born

c.3 at Tarsus, Cilicia (modern Turkey) as Saul

Died

beheaded c.65 at Rome, Italy

Patronage

• against hailstorms
• against snake bites
• against snakes
• Catholic Action
• Cursillo movement
• lay people
• authors, writers
• evangelists
• journalists, reporters
• missionary bishops
• musicians
• newspaper editorial staff
• public relations personnel and work
• publishers
• rope braiders and makers
• saddle makers; saddlers
• tent makers
• Malta
• Bath Abbey, England
• 16 dioceses
• 28 cities

Representation

• book
• sword
• man holding a sword and a book
• man with three springs of water nearby
• thin-faced elderly man with a high forehead, receding hairline and long pointed beard

Storefront

medals and pendants

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

I assure you, brothers, the gospel I proclaimed to you is no mere human invention. I did not receive it from any man, not was I schooled in it. It came by revelation from Jesus Christ. You have heard, I know, the story of my former way of life in Judaism. You know that I went to extremes in persecuting the Church of God, and tried to destroy it. But the time came when he who had set me apart before I was born and called me by his favour chose to reveal his Son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning him. Immediately, without seeking human advisers or even going to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, I went off to Arabia; later I returned to Damascus. Three years after that I went up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, with whom I stayed fifteen days. I did not meet any other apostles except James, the brother of the Lord. The communities of Christ in Judea had no idea what I looked like; they had only heard that "he who was formerly persecuting us is now preaching the faith he tried to destroy," and they gave glory to God on my account. - from a letter from Saint Paul the Apostle to the Christians in Galatia

I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of the hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. - Saint Paul in his second letter to Saint Timothy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paul-the-apostle/


Saint Peter the Apostle

Also known as

• Cephas
• First Pope
• Keipha
• Kepha
• Pre-eminent Apostle
• Prince of the Apostles
• Shimon Bar-Yonah
• Shimon Ben-Yonah
• Simeon
• Simon
• Simon bar Jonah
• Simon ben Jonah
• Simon Peter

Memorials

• 29 June (feast of Peter and Paul as founders of the Church)
• 22 February (feast of the Chair of Peter, emblematic of the world unity of the Church)
• 1 August (Saint Peter in Chains)
• 18 November (feast of the dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul)

Profile

Professional fisherman. Brother of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the man who led him to Christ. Apostle. Renamed "Peter" (rock) by Jesus to indicate that Peter would be the rock-like foundation on which the Church would be built. Bishop. First Pope. Miracle worker.

Born

c.1 in Bethsaida as Simon

Died

• martyred c.64 in Rome, Italy
• crucified head downward because he claimed he was not worthy to die in the same manner as Christ

Name Meaning

rock

Patronage

• Universal Church
• against fever
• against foot problems
• against frenzy
• bakers
• bridge builders
• butchers
• clock makers
• cobblers, shoe makers
• fishermen
• harvesters
• locksmiths
• longevity
• net makers
• papacy
• popes
• ship builders, shipwrights
• stone masons
• watch makers
• Isle of Guernsey
• Exeter College, Oxford, England
• 17 dioceses
• 46 cities
• 3 abbeys

Representation

• book
• cock or rooster
• reversed cross
• keys of Heaven
• keys
• pallium
• papal vestments
• Apostle holding a book
• Apostle holding a scroll
• cornerstone
• bald man, often with a fringe of hair on the sides and a tuft on top
• man crucified head downwards
• man holding a key or keys
• pope and bearing keys and a double-barred cross

Storefront

art work, medals, pendants, books
books, statues

Video

YouTube PlayList

Readings

Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the of all nations and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the church. Though there are in God's people many bishops and many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved, how great and wonderful is this sharing in his power that God in his goodness has given to this man. Whatever Christ has willed to be shared in common by Peter and the other leaders of the Church, it is only through Peter that he has given to others what he has not refused to bestow on them. Jesus said: "Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." On this strong foundation, he says, I will build an everlasting temple. The great height of my Church, which is to penetrate the heavens, shall rise on the firm foundation of this faith. Blessed Peter is therefore told: "To you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound also in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven." - from a sermon by Pope Saint Leo the Great

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-peter-the-apostle/


Blessed Hemma of Gurk

Also known as

Emma, Gemma

Additional Memorial

27 June in German-speaking areas

Profile

Born to the nobility, and a relative of emperor Saint Henry II; Countess of Zeltschach. Educated at the court of Henry II where she was a lady-in-waiting to Saint Cunegundes.

Married to Blessed William of Sann in the diocese of Gurk, Austria; it was arranged marriage, but a very happy one. Mother of two, Wilhelm and Hartvig, both of whom were murdered by the miners they were supervising when they planned to execute one of the workers. The parents turned to prayer as a way to deal with their grief. Blessed William died returning from pilgrimage to Rome, Italy.

Widowed and childless, Hemma withdrew from society, spending her life and fortune in charity and to found Benedictine houses including the double-monastery of Gurk Abbey in Carinthia, Austria in 1043. where she retired; may have become a nun, but records are unclear.

Born

c.980 in Friesach, Kärnten, Austria

Died

• 29 June 1045 in Gurk, Kärnten, Austria of natural causes
• re-interred in 1174 in the crypt of Gurk Cathedral

Beatified

21 November 1287 by Pope Honorius IV

Canonized

5 January 1938 by Pope Pius XI (cultus confirmation)

Patronage

• Carinthia, Austria
• diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt, Austria
• against eye problems
• from disease
• for a happy birth

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-hemma-of-gurk/


Blessed Pierre of Tarentaise the Elder

Profile

One of the first Cistercian monks. Friend of Saint Stephen Harding, Saint Robert of Molesme, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Founded the monastery of La Ferte in Burgundy, France in 1113, served as its first prior and third abbot. Founded the monastery in Tiglieto, Italy in 1120, the first Cistercian house outside France. Founded the monastery of Lucedio, Italy in 1124. Archbishop of Tarentaise, France in 1124, the first Cistercian to become a bishop. Even as bishop, Pierre continued to live the simple life of a Cistercian monk, adding all the prayers and fasts of the Order to that of his diocesan calendar. Part of the Council of Étampes in 1130 in which he declared allegience to Pope Innocent II, rejecting anti-pope Kletus II. Founded the Cistercian house in the Tami valley on the Italy/Switzerland border in 1132.

Born

latter 11th century France

Died

• 1140 of natural causes
• buried in the cathedral of Moûtiers, France
• relics re-entombed in 1636
• relics scattered and destroyed during the French Revolution

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-pierre-of-tarentaise-the-elder/


Saint Mary the Mother of John Mark

Profile

Mother of Saint Mark the Evangelist. Mentioned in Acts 12:12 when a meeting of the Church was held at her home.

Readings

Then Peter recovered his senses and said, "Now I know for certain that [the] Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting." When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who is called Mark, where there were many people gathered in prayer. - Acts 12:12

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-mary-the-mother-of-john-mark/


Saint Paulus Wu Anju

Also known as

Baolu

Profile

Married layman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China. Father of Saint Ioannes Baptista Wu Mantang; uncle of Saint Paulus Wu Wanshu. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1838 in Xihetou, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Died

29 June 1900 in Xiaoluyi, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paulus-wu-anju/


Saint Ioannes Baptista Wu Mantang

Also known as

Ruohan

Profile

Young layman of the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China; son of Saint Paulus Wu Anju. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1883 in Xihetou, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Died

29 June 1900 in Xiaoluyi, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ioannes-baptista-wu-mantang/


Saint Magdalena Du Fengju

Also known as

Delian

Profile

Married lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China; mother of Saint Maria Du Tianshi. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1858 in Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Died

buried alive 29 June 1900 in Du, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-magdalena-du-fengju/


Saint Salome of Niederaltaich

Profile

English princess. Aunt of Saint Judith of Niederaltaich. Anchoress at Ober Altaich, Bavaria (in modern Germany). The two figure in several legends in the Middle Ages; the tales were often simple retelling of old stories with the two holy women taking the place of the original characters.

Died

9th century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-salome-of-niederaltaich/


Saint Maria Du Tianshi

Also known as

Mali

Profile

Lay woman in the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China; daughter of Saint Magdalena Du Fengju. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1881 in Du, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Died

buried alive 29 June 1900 in Du, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-maria-du-tianshi/


Saint Paulus Wu Wanshu

Also known as

Baolu

Profile

Young layperson of the apostolic vicariate of Southeastern Zhili, China; nephew of Saint Paulus Wu Anju. Martyred in the Boxer Rebellion.

Born

c.1884 in Xihetou, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Died

29 June 1900 in Xiaoluyi, Shenzhou, Hebei, China

Canonized

1 October 2000 by Pope John Paul II

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-paulus-wu-wanshu/


Saint Judith of Niederaltaich

Also known as

Judda, Jutta

Profile

English princess. Niece of Saint Salome of Niederaltaich. Anchoress at Ober Altaich, Bavaria (in modern Germany). The two figure in several legends in the Middle Ages; the tales were often simple retelling of old stories with the two holy women taking the place of the original characters.

Died

9th century of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-judith-of-niederaltaich/


Saint Cassius of Narni

Profile

Bishop of Narni, Italy. Known to have given away all his possessions and wealth to the poor. Made a yearly pilgrimage to Rome, Italy to celebrate Mass on the feast of Saint Peter and Paul as founders of the Church.

Died

• 29 June 558 in Rome, Italy of natural causes
• relics enshrined in the cathedral of Narni, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cassius-of-narni/


Saint Syrus of Genoa

Also known as

Siro

Profile

Parish priest. Bishop of Genoa, Italy.

Died

• c.380 of natural causes
• buried in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles

Patronage

Genoa, Italy

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-syrus-of-genoa/


Saint Ciwg ap Arawn

Profile

Son of Arawn ab Cynfarch Gul, prince of the Yscotlont region of northern Wales, and Nyfain; grandson of Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog. A church in Llangiwg, Glamorganshire, Wales is dedicated to him. The only detail of his life to survive is that he was a bard.

Born

6th century Welsh

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ciwg-ap-arawn/


Blessed William of Sann

Additional Memorial

27 June in German-speaking areas

Profile

Count of Sann. Married to Blessed Hemma of Gurk. Died while returning home from pilgrimage.

Died

c.1015 in a barn in Gräbern, Carinthia, Austria of natural causes

http://catholicsaints.info/blessed-william-of-sann/


Saint Ilud Ferch Brychan

Also known as

Hudd, Juliot, Juliana, Llud

Profile

Born a princess, the daughter of Saint Brychan of Brycheiniog. A parish church in Luxulyan, Cornwall, England is dedicated to her.

Born

464

Died

killed in a robbery in latter 5th-century

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-ilud-ferch-brychan/


Saint Benedicta of Sens

Profile

Sister of Saint Augustine of Sens and Saint Sanctian of Sens. During the persecution of Christians in Spain by Aurelian, she fled to Sens, Gaul (in modern France), which was no friendlier. Martyr.

Born

Spain

Died

273 in Sens, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-benedicta-of-sens/


Saint Anastasius of Bourges

Profile

Soldier. Martyr.

Died

scourged to death in 274 in Bourges, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-anastasius-of-bourges/


Saint Marcellus of Bourges

Profile

Martyr.

Died

beheaded in 274 in Bourges, France

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-marcellus-of-bourges/


Saint Cocha

Also known as

Coecha

Profile

Sixth-century abbess of Ross-Benchuir, Ireland.

http://catholicsaints.info/saint-cocha/


Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Our Lady of Linares


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