Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter, Tabgha Israel






Just near the Multiplication Church of the Loaves and Fish is the Primacy of Peter’s Church, also in Tabgha Israel. The church is small and built out of gray rocks and stone and has a tower on its corner.

On the side of the Church is where you can find the steps made of rocks, which as also known as the Thrones of Jesus’ Apostles. On these steps is where Jesus was said to have stood to look over the sea.

Built by the Franciscan order, the chapel is situated on the northern shores of the Kineret or the Sea of Galilee.

From the very shores by the chapel, I collected a few stones or pebbles hoping to own a part of Biblical history, overwhelmed by the belief that these were once touched by the feet of Jesus and his disciples.

The story has been told about Jesus appearing on this site to His disciples. Peter and other disciples were fishing on the Sea of Galilee without luck, until Jesus appeared and told them to cast the nets. The disciples did and were finally able to have a great catch.

Jesus and his disciples then had fish breakfast, and it was also here when Jesus uttered the words “Feed my Sheep” thrice as a commandment to Peter. This was the establishment of the Primacy of Peter, with him becoming the first Pope.

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