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St. St. Peter and Pauls Day

St. St. Peter and Pauls Day

6/29/2006 9:40:12 AM

June 29th the Orthodox Church celebrates the day of the two apostles - Peter and Paul: Petrovden and Pavlovden.

St.Peters Jewish name was actually Simon; the name Peter (meaning rock) was actually given to him by Jesus himself. Peter used to be Jesus favourite diciple - he used to call him the shepherd of the herd. When Jesus was led to be trialled, it was only Peter and one more diciple that followed him. In the courtyard of the high priest Caiaphas, the frightened Peter denied knowing Jesus three consecutive times... When he heard the crock crowing, Peter remembered what the Savior had prophecied: Before the crock crows, you will deny me three times, and he went away weeping bitterly... (Mt.26:58, 69-75). After the ressurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter first , to resume his apostleship.

Peter continued preaching and performed numerous miracles and cured people in Palestine, Asia Minor, Greece and other places. Peter found his death crucified in the city of Rome, in the time of Caesar Nero. Later, on top of his grave a magnificent temple was erected - one of the largest in the whole Christian world....

June 29th is also celebrated as the day of St.Paul (although in many regions of Bulgaria it is separately celebrated on the next day, June 30th). St.Pauls Day, or Pavlovden as it is called in Bulgarian, is associalted with rituals for avoiding fire, thunder or hail. It is strictly forbidden to work on that day (especially on the field) and to dart any kinds of fire (even to cook)...

On that day, everyone named Peter, Penka, Kamen, Pencho, Peyo, Pesho, Petrana; Pavel, Pavlina, Polya, are having their name day.

 

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