The Sticheron "Petron ke Pavlon" was written for the Vespers service commemorating the saints Peter and Paul who are celebrated on June 29th. These early apostles of Jesus traveled as missionaries throughout Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome teaching the Christian doctrine. Both were martyred in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero. The hymn praises the strong faith and teachings of the two saints that enlightened the followers of Christianity and relates how each was martyred. The last sentence of the text of the hymn is divided into two sections as a repeated refrain.
Let us praise Peter and Paul the great luminaries of the Church: for they outshone the sun in the firmness of their faith, and brought back the nations from the darkness of ignorance by the rays of the Gospel. The one, nailed lo the cross, made his way to heaven, where he received from Christ the keys of the Kingdotn.The other cut off by the sword, went forth to the saviour, and is worthily blessed. And both accuse Israel as having stretched out its hands unjustly against the Lord. Therefore by their prayers. Christ our God, cast down those who are against us and strengthen the true faith in your love for mankind.Еще VocaMe