St Peter began life as Simon. He was one of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus have him a new name when he said to him: “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” So St Peter is often shown in paintings with a pair of keys and sometimes with a small church.
St Paul began life as Saul. He was converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus. He was travelling there to search out and arrest converts to Christianity. But on the way a light from heaven flashed around him and he heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” St Paul converted and became one of Christianity’s great writers and evangelists. He is often shown in paintings with a sword, by which the Romans executed him.
|Supplicant Soul between Saint Peter and Saint Paul|
You are most welcome to join us for this celebration of two great Christian figures. We are in Moore Street, Adelaide.