The feast of the Confession of Peter is celebrated on January 18th marking the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This Octave concludes on January 25th with the Feast of the Conversion of Paul, also the most notable event of his life.
The confession of Peter is the watershed moment in the Gospel narrative, most completely recorded in Matthew 16. Here Peter becomes the first person to confess that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God,” and Jesus replies that “upon this rock I will build my church.”
Today we join Peter and all Christians everywhere in hailing Jesus as our God, Lord, and Savior.