Catholic Dictionary

Peter's Chains, Feast of

A feast celebrated in the former Roman Calendar on August 1. When it was celebrated, most of the Proper was taken from the texts of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. This feast recalled the release of St. Peter from the bondage of chains. It was also celebrated to honor St. Paul and the martyrdom of the Seven Holy Maccabees. In the Middle Ages, this date was called "Lammas Day," when it was customary to consecrate bread baked from the first grain harvest or when the annual feudal tribute of lambs was due.

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