Feast Day: June 29th
Apolytikion: First in prominence among the Apostles, and teachers to the Universe, intercede to the Master of All for peace in the world and for our Soul’s great mercy.
Kontakion: O Lord, receive unto the enjoyment of Your good things and Your rest, the steadfast preachers of Godly words, the pinnacle of Your Disciples. Receive their pain and death above every sacrifice, for You alone know the hearts of men.
Hymn: Peter, the leader of the glorious Apostles, the rock of faith, and Paul most sublime, the rhetor and light of the Holy Churches, you both stand before the divine Throne, entreating Christ on behalf of us.
“If, as we have said, we commemorate each of the Saints with hymns and appropriate songs of praise, how much more should we celebrate the memory of Peter and Paul, the supreme Leaders of the pre-eminent company of the Apostles? They are the fathers and guides of all Christians: Apostles, Martyrs, Holy Ascetics, Priests, Hierarchs, pastors and teachers. As chief shepherds and master builders of our common godliness and virtue, they tend and teach us all, like lights in the world, holding forth the word of life (Phil. 2:I5-16).” – Saint Gregory Palamas