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St Peters Day 2023: Date, History, Facts about St Peter

According to biblical legend, Saint Peter was one of Jesus Christ's twelve apostles. Before he was summoned by Jesus, he was a fisherman whose name was Simon, which means 'he who has heard.'

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Saint Peter’s Day, also known as Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul, is celebrated annually on June 29 by members of the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Churches. On this day, the martyrdom of both Saints is commemorated with special Masses and celebrations around the globe. In Rome and other regions, this holiday is a legal holiday. It is also a sacred day of obligation in the Latin Church, which requires the congregation to attend Mass at some point throughout the day.

The background of St Peters Day

According to biblical legend, Saint Peter was one of Jesus Christ’s twelve apostles. Before he was summoned by Jesus, he was a fisherman whose name was Simon, which means ‘he who has heard.’ Jesus was the one who gave him the name Peter, which means “rock” or “foundation.” Tradition in the Church dictates that this name was chosen because Peter was the cornerstone of the new covenant and was to be the leader of the Church that Jesus founded on Earth. Because of this, it is believed that Peter was the first Pope of the “Catholic Church.”

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Peter was among those persecuted for demonstrating their faith in public for centuries until the Roman Empire converted. Christianity was still very young and there were not many Christians in ancient Rome, especially because those who publicly demonstrated their faith were persecuted for centuries until the empire converted. According to tradition, the apostle requested to be crucified inverted because he did not believe he deserved to perish in the same manner as Jesus. Some Church scholars believe that Peter perished on June 29, so his martyrdom is commemorated on this date.

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Christians conduct special ceremonies. The “Catholic Church” promotes a special Mass with the Pope at which newly appointed archbishops receive the ‘pallium’ — the primary symbol of their new position within the Church. A statue of Saint Peter in Rome is adorned with gemstones and unique garments.

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5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ST PETER

Saint Peter is considered the patron saint of all pastors and popes because he is regarded as the first pope.

Saint Peter, according to Catholic tradition, possesses the keys to the Gates of Heaven.

According to Catholic tradition, Jesus granted Saint Peter the first leadership position in the Church, so he is regarded as the first Pope.

Saint Peter deemed it beneath him to perish in the same manner as his Master, Jesus, so he requested to be crucified inverted.

Saint Peter was a fisherman before he was summoned to become an apostle.

ST PETERS DAY DATES

Year Date Day
2023 June 29 Thursday
2024 June 29 Saturday
2025 June 29 Sunday
2026 June 29 Monday
2027 June 29 Tuesday
Arshiya Khan
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Arshiya Khan is a Commerce graduate who loves to write on general and trending topics.

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