Peter was the first bishop of Rome, the first Pope. He was previously a fisherman and Jesus invited Peter to follow him, “I will make you a fisher of men.”
Peter’s name was Simon but Jesus changed it to Cephas ( Peter – rock), saying “On this rock I will build my church.” Peter was the leader of the apostles.
Pauls’ original name was Saul and he was Jewish. However, because he was born in Tarsus, he was also a Roman citizen with the Roman name of Paul .
Paul has been called the apostle of the Gentiles because he preached the Gospel to those people who were not Jewish. This mission took him across the then known world and, in the New Testament, we can read many of Paul’s letters to the newly formed local churches in various areas of the world .
In Hungary, bread is often blessed after Mass on this feast day. I think tomorrow will be a perfect opportunity for us to bake some bread – perhaps we’ll try a specialty bread recipe, like this Apple Raisin Bread. Fruit breads are low on the GI index!
The Catholic Culture site also suggests making Apostle Cookies on this day. We’ll stick to the healthier bread I think!
Saturday’s feast is the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Suggested activities include making ( or buying) a torte or Name Day cake – and eating it, of course! And praying the Litany of the Saints.