JUNE 29 – FEAST OF SS. PETER & PAUL

Raphael, ‘The Meeting of Leo the Great and Attila’

For today’s feast, an interesting anecdote from the embassy of Pope Saint Leo the Great to Attila the Hun (taken from J.H. Robinson’s Readings in European History:

“And lo, suddenly there were seen the apostles Peter and Paul, clad like bishops, standing by Leo, the one on the right hand, the other on the left. They held swords stretched out over his head, and threatened Attila with death if he did not obey the pope’s command. Wherefore Attila was appeased he who had raged as one mad. He by Leo’s intercession, straightway promised a lasting peace and withdrew beyond the Danube.”

Remembering our prayer from the end of Low Masses, may we, like Saint Leo, have recourse to these two pillars of the Faith, that they may help to defend the “freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother the Church”.

(Please join us for High Mass and Vespers today, 3 P.M., Seton Day Chapel.)

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