Friday, 29 June 2007

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Today the Cathedral celebrates its patronal feast, that of Saints Peter and Paul. We are blessed with many fine images of St Peter, particularly in the stained glass windows. Above is one such image: St Peter sits enthroned, holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19), with two churches at his feet: to the right, St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (Peter's resting place, and a reminder of our unity with his sucessor, the Pope); to the left, our own Cathedral church of St Peter.
Along the north side of the Cathedral, stained glass windows tell the story of Peter's life from the time of his calling to his crucufixion. This evening, for the first time, we will use a new devotion based on these windows. The 'Way of St Peter' pauses at each window to reflect on the episodes of his life and relationship with Christ; prayers are also said at each stop. The text of the prayers and meditations are available in a new booklet, the cover of which is pictured above.