Taste and See: those who have passed on the faith to us

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Collect

O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,
grant, we pray, that your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right religion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

There is a certain clunkiness about the english of that collect which was used at Mass on Sunday!

But the acknowledgement of our debt of gratitude to those of the Faithful of God who have gone before us is a welcome and important one.

It’s made on the feast of Peter and Paul, the Apostles of Rome, and Peter of course the first of the Apostles, the rock on which Jesus builds his Church. And they deserve our attention, along with so many renowned Christians who have passed on the faith which they received.

But there are many others less renowned, who maybe passed on the faith less confidently or well, but passed it on the same. We do well to pause and acknowledge them:

Parents, teachers, catechists, friends (and enemies!), strangers, writers and painters and musicians and artists of all sorts.

We are the beneficiaries of so many people’s combined work. In the wake of the feast of the Apostles let us give thanks for them all, and as now it is our turn, resolve to play our part fully and generously.

Painting of Sts Peter and Paul is by El Greco, and is in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

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