Friday July 12, 2019 / June 29, 2019
The patronal feast day of The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul was celebrated in Lahore, Pakistan. The Divine services were led by Fr. Paul Sushil.
Fr. Paul told about the lives of these two Saints. He told that Holy Apostles Peter and Paul are traditionally regarded as the leaders of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Both St. Peter and St. Paul received their new names, indicating a new relationship with God.
After the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, St. Peter addressed the crowd and performed many miracles in Christ’s name. St. Peter also traveled to many places in order to proclaim the Gospel message. He wrote two Epistles, which are part of the New Testament. St. Peter was put to death in Rome during the reign of Nero. According to Tradition, he asked to be crucified upside down, since he did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as his Lord.
St. Paul at first was called Saul and had persecuted the Church. He was present at the stoning of St. Stephen (Acts 7: 58). Then, on the road to Damascus, he was converted when Christ appeared to him. Blinded by the vision, he was healed when Ananias laid his hands on him. After his cure, he was baptized (Acts 9:18). St. Paul is the greatest of the missionaries. He preached the Gospel in Greece, Asia Minor, and in Rome, and wrote fourteen Epistles. Tradition says that he was martyred in Rome about the year 68.
Fr. Paul concluded that these two great Saints had the faith of hard rock and were the greatest example of humility.
Orthodox faithful from Islamabad joined the great celebration. After the Liturgy parishioners congratulated Fr. Paul on his angel’s day. The celebration ended after the festive lunch.