Commemorated on June 29
The hymns for their Feast speak of Sts Peter and Paul as leaders
(koryphaioi), and chiefs of the Apostles. They are, without a doubt, the
foremost in the ranks of the Apostles.
The koryphaioi were
leaders of the chorus in ancient Greek tragedy. They set the pattern for
the singing, and also for the dance movements and gestures of the
chorus. Before Sophocles, there were twelve members of the chorus, and
Sts Peter and Paul were the leaders of the twelve Apostles.
St Peter and St Paul received new names, indicating a new relationship
with God. Simon the fisherman became known as Cephas (John 1:42), or
Peter after confessing Jesus as the Son of God (Mt.16:18).
Peter, the brother of St Andrew, was a fisherman on the sea of Galilee.
He was married, and Christ healed his mother-in-law of a fever
(Mt.8:14). He, with James and John, witnessed the most important
miracles of the Savior’s earthly life.
Despite his earlier
recognition of Christ as the Son of God, he denied Him three times on
the night before the Crucifixion. Therefore, after His Resurrection, the
Lord asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Then He told Peter to
feed His sheep (John 21:15-17).
After the descent of the Holy
Spirit at Pentecost, St Peter addressed the crowd (Acts 2:14), and
performed many miracles in Christ’s name. He baptized Cornelius, the
first Gentile convert (Acts 10:48). He was cast into prison, but escaped
with the help of an angel (Acts 5:19). St Peter also traveled to many
places in order to proclaim the Gospel message. He wrote two Epistles,
which are part of the New Testament.
St. Peter was put to death in
Rome during the reign of Nero. According to Tradition, he asked to be
crucified upside down, since he did not feel worthy to die in the same
manner as his Lord.
TROPARION- TONE 4
First-enthroned of the apostles, / teachers of the universe: / Entreat
the Master of all / to grant peace to the world, / and to our souls
KONTAKION - TONE 2
O Lord, You have taken up to eternal rest / and to the enjoyment of Your
blessings / the two divinely-inspired preachers, the leaders of the
Apostles, / for You have accepted their labors and deaths as a
sweet-smelling sacrifice, / for You alone know what lies in the hearts
KONTAKION TONE 2
Today Christ the Rock glorifies with highest honor / The rock of Faith
and leader of the Apostles, / Together with Paul and the company of the
twelve, / Whose memory we celebrate with eagerness of faith, / Giving
glory to the one who gave glory to them!
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