Today is All Saints Day, the day on the Church calendar on which we celebrate the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.
How much do you know about the history of the saints?
For All Saints Day, we offer the following history of the church in twenty biographies , of one saint from each century from the first century to the twentieth century. (It’s too early to choose a saint to celebrate from the twenty-first century.) With each we offer a brief snippet of their lives, and a biography of each, most of which can be downloaded for FREE. Many of these saints lives and work intersect with those who went before them, and what emerges as we dig into these stories is a fuller and richer history of God’s presence and work among the people of God throughout the full span of our history.
The Apostle Peter
Saint Peter (died between AD 64 and 68) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, and the first leader of the early Church.
According to Christian tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome under Emperor Nero. He is traditionally counted as the first Bishop of Rome—or pope—and also by Eastern Christian tradition as the first Patriarch of Antioch. (via Wikipedia)
Scenes in the Life of St. Peter:
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