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Thuan Minh Hoang Thay Cuong Thai Confirmation Class January 27, 2013

Patron Saint Research Essay

Saint Peter Rock

The patron saint I was given is Saint Simon Peter, or commonly known as Peter Rock. The patron name of Saint Peter was also given to both my father and god-father and so my brother and I both share the same patron saint as well. Like Saint Peter, my name also has its own meaning that was given to me by my mother and father. My Vietnamese name means peace of or keep the peace which was something my parents wanted to have in the family; however I have never done any deed or action like Saint Peter.

Saint Peter was one of the twelve apostles and was originally called as Simon Peter until he was given a new name by Jesus. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church..." said Jesus and Simon and from then Simon was known as Peter Rock and was regarded as the first pope by the Catholic Church. Peter was the son of John or Jonah and his brother Andrew was also one of the twelve apostles. Originally, Peter was a simple fisherman. He had no education or work experience so normally, he became a fisherman. However Peters faith was very strong and followed Jesus as soon as he was asked to follow him. Like Peter, his younger brother Andrew was also asked by Jesus to follow him as well. However Andrew did not follow Jesus by faith like Peter did but by will.

Originally a fisherman, Peter was assigned the leadership role by Jesus and was always by the side of Jesus during his miracles. Almost forty-days later after the death of Jesus, Peter was blessed by God through confirmation. It was said that soon after his confirmation; Peter became an educated man and learned the many languages there was to offer.

Saint Peter death was never exactly dated, however, Saint Peter was said to have been crucified Emperor Nero Augustus Caesar. It is said that Saint Peter was crucified upsidedown at his own request, since he believed he was unworthy to be crucified the same way as Jesus did. The Catholic Church states that Saint Peter's site of crucifixion is located in the Clementine Chapel, while his body is contained in the underground Confessio of St. Peter's Basilica. Every year since 1969, a life-size statue of Saint Peter is crowned in St. Peter's Basilica with a papal tiara or the ring of the fisherman, commemorating the holy feast of Saints Peter and Paul (Pope Paul VI).

Saint Peter was a very strong saint both physically as the foundation or rock of the first church as well as faithfully as an apostle of Jesus Christ. However I do not possess the same daily faith as Saint Peter, I hope like Saint Peter, after my confirmation I may also possess the same will, both physically and faithfully as Saint Peter and not stray away from that path.