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Peter and Paul, Feasts of
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Of the innumerable Christian feasts celebrating the apostles Peter and Paul, central are: 1. The Conversion of St. Paul (Jan 25), a Gallican feast listed in Jerome’s martyrology (mid-5th cent.). There is no solid evidence why this feast is set on this date; some speculate it was an octave feast of the Chair of St. Peter, which certain Gallican churches celebrated on Jan 18. The feast is widely celebrated north of the Alps; it did not penetrate Rome until the 10th or 11th century. 2. The Chair of St. Peter (Feb 22, Jan 18): a Roman feast, noted in Depositio Martyrum (354) and fix…

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Foley, Edward B., “Peter and Paul, Feasts of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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