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The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle Peter''' is the leader of the twelve [[apostles]] of [[Jesus Christ]].  His feast is celebrated on [[June 29]].
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[[File:Peter-Sinai.jpg|right|thumb|St. Peter, 6th-century encaustic icon from [[St. Catherine's Monastery (Sinai)|St. Catherine's Monastery]], [[Mount Sinai]].]]
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The holy, glorious and all-laudable '''Apostle Peter''' is the leader of the twelve [[apostles]] of [[Jesus Christ]].  His feast is celebrated on [[June 29]] along with the [[Apostle Paul]].
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
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On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from him as his zealous disciple, he followed him from the beginning of his preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression.  After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ, known as [[I Peter]] and [[II Peter]].  He is also generally regarded as being the primary source (i.e., in interview) for the material recorded in the [[Gospel of Mark]].
 
On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from him as his zealous disciple, he followed him from the beginning of his preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression.  After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ, known as [[I Peter]] and [[II Peter]].  He is also generally regarded as being the primary source (i.e., in interview) for the material recorded in the [[Gospel of Mark]].
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==Hymns==
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[[Troparion]] (Tone 4)
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:First-enthroned of the apostles,
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:teachers of the universe:
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:Entreat the Master of all
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:to grant peace to the world,
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:and to our souls great mercy!
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 2)
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:O Lord, You have taken up to eternal rest
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:and to the enjoyment of Your blessings
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:the two divinely-inspired preachers, the leaders of the Apostles,
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:for You have accepted their labors and deaths as a sweet-smelling sacrifice,
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:for You alone know what lies in the hearts of men.
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[[Kontakion]] (Tone 2)
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:Today Christ the Rock glorifies with highest honor
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:The rock of Faith and leader of the Apostles,
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:Together with Paul and the company of the twelve,
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:Whose memory we celebrate with eagerness of faith,
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:Giving glory to the one who gave glory to them!
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
 
* [http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=103 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese]
 
* [http://goarch.org/en/chapel/saints.asp?contentid=103 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese]
  
[[Category:Biblical Saints]]
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==External links==
[[Category:Bishops]]
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*[http://www.comeandseeicons.com/p/cap26.htm Icon of Ss. Peter and Paul]
[[Category:Missionaries]]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=100202 Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Holy and All-Glorious Apostle Peter] ([[OCA]])
[[Category:Saints]]
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101840 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leader of the Apostles, Peter & Paul] (OCA)
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*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=101841 The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leader of the Apostles, Peter] (OCA)
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[[Category:Biblical Saints|Peter]]
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[[Category:Bishops|Peter]]
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[[Category:1st-century bishops|Peter]]
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[[Category:Martyrs|Peter]]
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[[Category:Missionaries|Peter]]
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[[Category:Saints|Peter]]
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[[Category:1st-century saints]]
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[[ar:بطرس]]
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[[ro:Apostolul Petru]]
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[[el:Απόστολος Πέτρος]]

Latest revision as of 08:07, October 22, 2012

St. Peter
St. Peter, 6th-century encaustic icon from St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai.

The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle Peter is the leader of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. His feast is celebrated on June 29 along with the Apostle Paul.

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Life

The divinely-blessed Peter was from Bethsaida of Galilee. He was the son of Jonas and the brother of Andrew the First-called. He was a fisherman by trade, unlearned and poor, and was called Simon; later he was renamed Peter by the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who looked at him and said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter)" (John 1:42).

On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from him as his zealous disciple, he followed him from the beginning of his preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression. After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ, known as I Peter and II Peter. He is also generally regarded as being the primary source (i.e., in interview) for the material recorded in the Gospel of Mark.

Hymns

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 great mercy!

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 of men.

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!

Sources

External links

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