Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Wednesday April 29th is the Feast of St. Peter Martyr (or St. Peter of Verona), a 13th century Dominican Friar.
A disciple of St. Dominic, St. Peter of Verona was appointed by the Pope Gregory IX as a general inquisitor to combat the Manichean heresy, and St. Peter defended the faith across Italy through his preaching. He was martyred in 1252. To learn more about the patron saint of inquisitors, visit: http://reginamag.com/saint-peter-of-verona-martyr/
St. Peter Palms available today at St. Ann parish
In the Extraordinary Form, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor. Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters.
We are pleased to share that as custom each year, Fr. Reid has blessed St. Peter palms for the faithful. They will be available in the narthex and Allen Center lobby beginning today while quantities last.(note: If you received a kit in prior years, you don’t need to pick up a new kit – unless you moved, etc.)
Our thanks to Fr. Reid who blessed the palms today and to the generous CLMC families who prepared the palms.
Online Masses today – Wednesday April 29
There are no public Masses for today, but St. Thomas Aquinas parish will live stream their 7pm Wednesday Latin Mass on Facebook tonight: www.facebook.com/staclt (no account necessary)
St. Thomas Aquinas on St. Peter of Verona
We leave you with a poem St. Thomas Aquinas composed about St. Peter Martyr.
Here silent is Christ’s Herald;
Here quenched, the People’s Light;
Here lies the martyred Champion
Who fought Faith’s holy fight.
The Voice the sheep heard gladly,
The light they loved to see
He fell beneath the weapons
Of graceless Cathari.
The Saviour crowns His Soldier;
His praise the people psalm.
The Faith he kept adorns him
With martyr’s fadeless palm.
His praise new marvels utter,
New light he spreads abroad
And now the whole wide city
Knows well the path to God.