Catholic Saints

Saint Peter

  • Short, concise biography of Saint Peter
  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Peter
  • Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Peter
  • What is Saint Peter the patron of?
  • Date of Death
  • How Saint Peter is represented in Christian Art
  • Feast Day

The Patron Saint Peter

What is the definition and the meaning of the Patron Saints and why were these people chosen to become patrons of causes, professions and countries?

The term 'Patron' is used in Christian religions, including the Roman Catholic religion, to describe holy and virtuous men and women who are considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a country.

There is a patron for virtually every cause, country, profession or special interest.

There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors.

Fast, concise facts and information about Saint Peter
The following provides fast and concise facts and information:

  • The patron of Fishermen
    Born: Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee
  • Memorial Day / Feast Day: June 29th
  • Date of Death: Saint Peter died in A.D. 64
  • Cause of Death: Crucified

Who or what is Saint Peter the patron saint of?
Saint Peter is the patron of Fishermen. Meanings, definition and origins - a patron is considered to be a defender of a specific group of people or of a nation. There is a patron for virtually every cause, profession or special interest. Prayers are considered more likely to be answered by asking a patron for intercession on their behalf.

Prayer to Saint Peter

The Story and History of Saint Peter
The story and history of Saint Peter. Peter was born at Bethsaida, near the Sea of Galilee. Peter, whose name was originally Simon, was a fisherman along with his brother Andrew. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was first a follower of John the Baptist and then became the first apostle of Jesus. Andrew introduced his brother Simon to Jesus. The name Peter, meaning 'rock', was selected by Jesus to indicate the he would be the rock-like foundation on which the Church would be built. Peter was a faithful follower of Jesus although at the Last Supper Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him three times following his death. Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice." At the time of the arrest of Jesus, Peter cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest with a sword but then, as had been predicted, he denied three times that he had never known Jesus. Peter then travelled to spread the Gospel and was in Rome in 63/64AD during the rule of the Roman Emperor Nero (r.54-68). In 64 AD Nero set fire to Rome and blamed the Christians for its destruction. Peter was one of the Christians who was taken prisoner and was sentenced to death by crucifixion.  Saint Peter was crucified with his head downwards because he did not consider himself worthy to die in the same manner and posture as his Divine Master.

Death of Saint Peter
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Peter died in A.D. 64. Cause of Death: Crucified. 

Why is Saint Peter the patron of Fishermen?
Why is Saint Peter is the patron of Fishermen? St. Peter is the patron of fishermen, because he was himself a fisherman.

Saint Peter and the Weathercock on Church steeples
The usual weathercock on church steeples was adopted at an early period of Church history as an emblem of clerical vigilance, in commemoration of the cock that crowed thrice after Saint Peter denied the Saviour during His Passion.

How Saint Peter is represented in Christian Art
It is helpful to be able to recognise Saint Peter in paintings, stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other forms of Christian art. The artistic representations reflect the life or death of saints, or an aspect of life with which the person is most closely associated. Saint Peter is represented in Christian Art with are keys, in allusion to his custody of the portals of Heaven, and a book or scroll. When our Lord said to him, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew xvi. 18), He employed a set form of words well understood by the Apostle. A key was anciently the recognized symbol of authority, and the presentation of a key the usual mode of investiture with supreme authority.

Feast Day of Saint Peter
The Feast Day of Saint Peter is June 29th. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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