The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul
The Holy, Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul - June 29
What more beautiful eulogy could be conferred upon
these primates of the Apostles than the testimony that the Lord Himself
gave them? Jesus said to Peter: “Blessed are you,” and “You are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,” and He called Paul: “A
chosen vessel, destined to carry My name before princes and kings.”
The Holy Apostle Peter:
|Peter was the son of Jonah and the brother of Andrew, the
He was of the Tribe of Simeon from the town of Bethsaida. He was a fisherman and, at first, was called Simon but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas or Peter:
“And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, You
are Simon the son of Jonah: you shall be called Cephas, which is by
interpretation, a rock” (St. John 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to clearly express faith in the Lord Jesus saying: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (St. Matthew 16:16).
The Holy Apostle Paul:
|Paul was born in Tarsus of the tribe of Benjamin. At first, he was called Saul, studied under Gamaliel, was a Pharisee and a persecutor of Christianity. He was miraculously converted to the Christian Faith by the Lord Himself Who appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptized by the Apostle Ananias, was called Paul and numbered in the service of the great apostles. With a fiery zeal, Paul preached the Gospel everywhere from the borders of Arabia to Spain, among the Jews and among the Gentiles. He received the title “Apostle to the Gentiles.” As horrible as his sufferings were, so much more was his super human patience.|
First in prominence among the Apostles, and teachers to the Universe, intercede to the Master of all for peace in the world and for our souls great mercy.