June 29th is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. It is a special day in Rome, and is a national holiday, regardless of what day of the week it happens to fall upon.
Of significance to us, as Catholics, is that there is a public Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica in honor of this special Feast Day each year.
And, it is on this day at this Mass, that the Archbishops who have been appointed over the last 12 months receive their Pallium, the symbol of their office.
There is a definite procedure as to how the Palliums are made. The lambs from which the wool was used to make them were previously presented at the altar on the Feast of Saint Agnes (January 21st), by the nuns of the convent of Saint Agnes.
Then, after they are shorn, the Benedictine Nuns of Saint Ceceila in Trastevere weave the wool into the Palliums.
This year the Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m.