The solemnity of the holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Simon, son of Jona and brother of Andrew, first among the disciples, professed Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of the living God, by Whom he was named Peter. Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, preached Christ crucified to Jews and Greeks. With faith and love both proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the city of Rome and died as martyrs under the emperor Nero: the first, according to tradition, affixed to a cross upside down and buried at the Vatican near the Via Triumphalis, the second suffered death by the sword and was interred on the Ostian Way; on this day the whole world celebrates their triumph with equal honor and veneration.Source: USCCB website
Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Sts. Peter and Paul, pray for us poor sinners, now and at the hour of our death! Amen.