Saints Peter and Paul + Coloring Page
It’s time to celebrate!
June 29th is the feast day of Saints Peter & Paul.
- Saints Peter and Paul are both patron saints of Rome, pillars of the Church, and martyrs. They played important roles in spreading the gospel during the early days of the Church.
- Peter was a family man and fisherman, who left everything on the shore to follow Christ. He knew and loved Jesus intimately, but still struggled with doubt (like when Jesus called him to walk on water in the storm) and fear (like when he denied Christ three times on the night of his crucifixion). Despite his flaws, Peter was still chosen to be the rock of the Church and the first pope.
- Paul (previously Saul) was an intellectual man who opposed the idea of Jesus and Christianity, and even persecuted Christians! However, after an encounter with the ascended Jesus that left him blind for three days, Paul had a change of heart. After his conversion, Paul became a fervent ambassador for Christ, and he’s even credited for writing 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament.
- Saints Peter and Paul were both sentenced to death in Rome by Emperor Nero. Saint Peter was sentenced to death by crucifixion. He didn’t feel worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus, so he asked to be hung on the cross upside down. Saint Paul was beheaded.
- The Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul is a solemnity – a feast day of highest importance in the Church. This shows us how significant these saints are to the Catholic faith!
A martyr is someone who is persecuted or killed because they refuse to renounce their faith. It can be hard to stand up for what you believe in when you feel scared or threatened. Saints Peter and Paul show us how to stand up for what is right, even when it is difficult. Their strength and steadfastness helped preserve and protect the faith we are blessed to participate in today.
In honor of their feast day, let’s celebrate with these brave saints! And good news… a festive feast doesn’t need to be fussy.
- Don’t forget to display your Feast Day Art print from last year’s crate. Read the back of your print to learn more about Saints Peter and Paul.
- Play Guess the Saint! from last year’s crate for a fun way to practice telling these two saints apart.
Here are a few other easy ways everyone can celebrate with Saints Peter and Paul:
- Download our free coloring sheet for your saints in training to enjoy!
- Be an apostle. Saints Peter and Paul are known for sharing the faith. Follow their example and invite a friend to Mass, to pray the rosary, or for story time featuring your favorite Bible or saint story!
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