Saint Peter, Chief of the Apostles

Feast Day: June 29th, June 30th & January 16th


The Life of Saint Peter: Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church…

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Saint Peter in the Gospels

Matthew 8:14-15

Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her.

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Luke 8: 50-51

But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl.

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John 6: 68

But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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John 20: 4-6

So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the Tomb.

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Saint Peter witnessed countless Miracles of Jesus Christ, and he is depicted in Icons by the side of Christ as he watched and listened to His every word and action. Some of these Icons include the Entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, the young rich man who spoke with Christ, the poor widow donating money to the Temple, the fig tree that wilted at Christ’s word, and Christ teaching about faith the size of a mustard seed. Saint Peter also witnessed Christ healing countless people from both physical and spiritual infirmities. Some of these events mentioned in the Gospels are the healing of the Centurion’s son, the nobleman’s son, the Canaanite woman’s daughter, and some men from demonic possession. Furthermore, Saint Peter witnessed Christ healing paralytic men, blind men, a woman with a bent back, a man with a withered hand, and a woman with a constant flow of blood. Saint Peter also witnessed Christ resurrecting a widow’s son and Saint Lazarus from the dead, and the complete change of heart and way of life of Zacchaeus due to his contact with Christ and the repenting woman who wiped Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair. Also Saint Peter was present when a woman was preparing the body of Jesus for His burial by anointing Him with Myrrh, and the heartbreaking night before the arrest of Christ, when He asked His Apostles to Pray with Him but they continued to fall asleep. He also witnessed Christ’s Appearance to Saint Thomas following His Resurrection, the Glorious Ascension into Heaven, the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and the Dormition of Our Most Blessed Mary the Mother of God, her empty Tomb and the many beautiful moments surrounding this occasion.

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Saint Peter was crucified to death, but he begged his executioners to hang him upside down, because he deemed himself unworthy to have the same death as his Precious Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Icons

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Below is an Icon of Saint Peter together with Saint Paul, Saint John and Saint Andrew.

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Below is an Icon of Saint Peter together with Saint Paul and Saint Paisios the Athonite.