The relics of Saint Peter the Apostle to Arrive in Odesa


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The pastor of St. Andrew's Church Fr. Ihor Taras reported that the relics of St. Peter the Apostle will arrive in Odesa on May 30 and will be in the St. Andrew the First-Called Church until June 13.

The priest hopes that the presence of the relics in Odesa will remind all Christians of the city about the reality of the Gospel and will renew in the hearts of the residents the memory about God. "For many Christians evangelical events have become something like a beautiful fairy tale. But fairy tales have little influence on everyday life, which is why there are temptations to make Christianity a ‘Sunday' religion and give weekdays to Satan," Fr. Ihor explains.

The event marking the arrival of the relics St. Peter to Odesa will be called "Remember that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ!" The first prayer service and Liturgy before the saint's relicts will be held in the St. Andrew Church on May 30 at 9:00 a.m.

Background information:

The apostle Simon Peter was one of the first disciples of Jesus Christ, the brother of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle. Peter himself first acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah, the savior of the Israel nation and all humanity, for what Christ blessed him an called him the rock on which "I will build by my Church." According to the Christian witnesses, the sermon of Apostle Peter was so strong that at once five thousand people converted to Christianity. The apostle was also known to have cured the ill, to have brought the dead back to life. According to the book of Acts of the apostles, "they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them." (Acts. 5:14,15)

Source: UGCC