Originally named Simon, St. Peter was a fisherman in Galilea who can be read about in the Gospels.
After being a follower of St. John the Baptist, St. Peter and his brother St. Andrew became disciples of Christ.
Christ named Peter after his firmness, the name meaning rock. After the death of Christ he preached in many places, and was eventually crucified downwards in Rome.
The relics of the saint can be found in the St. Peter's church, Rome.
In art he is usually depicted as a quite sturdy man of some age with curly hair and beard. He often holds keys or a book, or is painted crucified upside down.
Orthodox nameday: 29/6
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