Wednesday 29 June 2022

Many happy returns of the day to Peters, Petrus, Pauls, Petronelas, etc!

As I said in my Easter post, the New Testament scholar Gerd Lüdemann, who is not a Christian, said ‘It may be taken as historically certain that Peter and the disciples had experiences after Jesus’ death in which Jesus appeared to them as the risen Christ.’ These experiences led Peter and Paul to suffer death rather than renounce their faith. In Peter's case the tradition is that it was on the site of St Peter's in Rome. In 1968, Pope Paul VI said that the relics of Saint Peter had been identified under the church, but the evidence is only circumstantial. Peter is said to have been crucified upside down at his request, because he did not believe himself worthy of the same death as Jesus, but this seems to be a legend. 

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Bucharest

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