Saturday, November 18, 2006
Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter & Paul
Why November 18? On November 18, 326, the first St. Peter's Basilica was consecrated by Pope Sylvester I. When the original basilica was demolished and rebuilt (taking 120 years to do - 1506-1626), the new basilica was consecrated by Pope Urban VIII on November 18, 1626: the 1,300th anniversary of the previous basilica's consecration.