Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
The Vigil of The Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
Artist: El Greco (1541–1614).
Current location: Hermitage Museum,
Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Source/Photographer: Hermitage Torrent.
"The rigour to which a people subjects itself by certain days of preparation," writes Dom Guéranger, "is a mark of the Faith which it has preserved, showing that it understands the greatness of the object proposed by The Holy Liturgy for its Worship." ["The Liturgical Year: Vigil of The Holy Apostles".]
Peter raised to his Cross (Introit, Gospel), like Christ rises above the World. He seals in his blood, his confession of Faith (Gospel of tomorrow) and love (Gospel) in Jesus, and henceforth it will be in His Name (Ibid.) and as His Vicar that he will be King of Souls.
Paul, by sharing his labours and Martyrdom, shares his Kingship and his Triumph.