Festival of glorious and all-important high-ranking apostles Peter and Paul (12/07)

On July 12, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Day of the Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. On this day, Peter's fast ends, unless the feast of the holy apostles Peter and Paul falls on Wednesday or Friday.

Apostle Peter, a native of the city of Bethsaida, brother of the Apostle Andrew, lived with his family in Capernaum and was engaged in fishing. His name was Simon, and the name Peter (which means stone) he received from Jesus Christ. The life of Peter is illuminated in the Gospel narrative more than other apostles because he was always close to Christ, was especially strongly attached to Him, the first unconditionally believes in the Divine messenger of the Lord. For this, he was awarded a special closeness to the Lord.

Christ, confirming Peter in the apostolic rank, repeated three times: "Feed my sheep." And Peter became one of the most courageous preachers of the gospel. Already on the day of Pentecost, he converted to the Christian faith, first 5,000, and then another 3,000 people.