Saint Peters

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AKA NameSolemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
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2024 DateJune 29, 2024
2025 DateJune 29, 2025

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Saint Peter's day honors the life, teachings, and contributions of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The observance serves as a reminder of Saint Peter's unwavering devotion to Christianity, his role in the foundation of the Church, and his martyrdom. Central to the commemoration is the emphasis on spiritual growth, following Peter's profession of faith and his call to serve and nurture the Christian community.

Saint Peter, originally named Simon, was a fisherman before becoming one of Jesus' closest followers. He came to be known as the "rock" of the Church, and Jesus appointed him as the leader of the apostles with the famous statement, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church." In the history of Christianity in America, Saint Peter is regarded as the epitome of faith and leadership. The figure of Saint Peter has been a guiding force for Catholic immigrants from Europe, sharing their devotion and carrying his legacy to millions of Catholics across the United States.

Saint Peter's Observance is typically marked by special masses, prayers, and gatherings in Catholic churches across America. Parishioners pay tribute to the legacy and commitment of Saint Peter by engaging in faith-based activities and reflecting on the importance of his teachings in their lives. In some communities, religious processions, feasts, and other cultural events may also be organized during this time. The Observance of Saint Peter is celebrated globally on June 29th.

Saint Peters facts

  • Peter's original name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter, which means 'the rock'. Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:17b-19).
  • Peter and Paul disagreed frequently over whether non-Jews converting to Christianity needed to follow Jewish customs. Peter believed that these Gentile converts should become Jewish first, while Paul's belief was that they could skip that step.
  • Paul was from a Jewish family that had assimilated into Roman culture. He participated in persecuting Christians (Acts 8:3) before he was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).
  • Both Peter and Paul are thought to be buried in Rome. Peter's grave is marked at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and Paul is believed to be buried in the outside walls of Basilica of St. Paul.
  • The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a major feast day in the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. It is held on June 29, and may be observed on the Sunday after that date as well.

Top things to do in the US for Saint Peter's Day

  • Go fishing in honor of St. Peter. He was a fisherman before he became Jesus' disciple, and is the patron saint of fisherman and net makers.
  • Go camping in honor of St. Paul. Before his conversion to Christianity, Paul was a tent maker. He is the patron saint of tent makers as well as writers. In addition to being an accomplished preacher, Paul wrote epistles that are included in the Bible's New Testament.
  • Take a pilgrimage to Rome to visit the burial places of St. Peter and Paul.
  • Attend Mass and learn how both Peter and Paul, two men with very different visions, formed the early church and how Christianity rapidly spread.

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