June 29th is La Fiesta de San Pedro y San Pablo or Saint Peter & Saint Paul’s Day. This Catholic holiday commemorates the martyrdom of Peter & Paul. Though historical accounts place Peter & Paul’s deaths in different years, Catholic tradition says they were executed on the same day under Emperor Nero.
Chileans typically attend a special mass on Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Day. Many will pray for Peter and Paul to intercede on their behalf to God. Chileans living near the coast will deck out their docks and boats in festive garb to honor Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. Many fishermen will bring statues of the saints onboard their decorated vessels and have an aquatic parade amid the glow of hundreds of candles.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Day is another stark reminder of Chile’s need for the true gospel. Many do not understand that, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can go directly to him. They don’t know that in Jesus Christ, “… we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Chileans think they need the intercession of saints when the Savior wants them to come boldly to the throne of grace, for salvation, for mercy, for help in time of need. This June 29th, pray for more people in Chile to understand this saving truth and put their faith in Jesus Christ.