Feasts & Fasts: Peter & Paul and a New Practice

29 June 2007

peter-paul.jpgToday is the quintessential Roman feast; the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a big, big Roman holiday. These two saints are the patrons of Rome, and as a consequence, lots of Roman locales are closed, and I Romani are in a generally festive mood.

Normally, my own mood and practice is influenced by a feast. Especially if I have an attachment or particular devotion to a saint, on his, her, or their feast I’ll cut myself a little slack, indulge myself a little in eating, or otherwise treat myself in celebration.

This feast falls on a Friday, however, and Beth and have begun to fast on Fridays. Not every Friday, but we’re trying to make this a regular practice. We’re fasting this Friday, so the mood of celebration is a little muted.

Which makes a bit of ecumenical sense, since our Eastern brothers and sisters have been fasting since Pentecost, practically, which was over a month ago. We’ll fast in the daytime and try to have a nice, semi-celebratory meal at night.

Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

-The Book of Common Prayer

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