|Peter's original name was Simon. He and his brother, the Apostle
Andrew, were fishermen. According to some early writers, Peter had a
wife and children. Andrew i
ntroduced him to Jesus who renamed him Cephas, which is translated
as Peter. He was a flawed man whose faults are detailed in the
gospels, and an unlikely choice
as the leader of the new religion. St. Peter is one of the most
human and impetuous saints, qualities that have made him
Although it has always been a tradition that Peter was martyred by
being crucified upside-down and buried under the sight of St.
Peter's Basilica in Rome. there is no
proof of either of these beliefs. There is evidence that Peter was
martyred during Nero's reign, but there are no written documents
indicating how he died. There have
been recent excavations under the basilica and while there have been
some promising discoveries, there as yet is nothing to prove that
this was the sight of Peter's burial.
St. Peter has been one of the most popular figures in the history of
film with more than 130 films and television productions featuring
both serious and comic portrayals (including several horror films).
Among the more memorable serious portrayals are those by Finlay
Currie in Quo Vadis? (1951), Michael Rennie in The Robe (1953),
Howard Keel in The Big Fisherman (1959), Victor Argo in Martin Scorsese's
The Last Temptation of Christ (1986), Francesco De Vito in The
Passion of the Christ (2004),
Mark Womack in the TV film Judas (2004), and Omar Sharif in San Pietro
(2005). Standouts among the comic performances are by Lockwood West
in Bedazzled (1967),
Harry Shearer the the TV episode of The Simpsons - I'm Goin' to
Praiseland (2001), Brandon Scott in For Heaven's Sake (2002), Phil
M. Price in Demon Hunters:
Dead Camper Lake (2004), Alan Armstrong in Millions (2004), and
Grant James in Saint Zen (2007).
St. Peter is the patron saint of fisherman. His feastday
is still celebrated with great panache in many fishing communities, and
often marked by the annual blessing of the fishing fleet and local
specialty seafood dishes, many of which are named after St. Peter.
Many of these eponymous dishes feature the John Dory or St. Peter's fish
which is also called
the San Pietro by the Italians, the Saint-Pierre by the French,
the pez de San Pedro by the Spanish. and the Peterfisch by the
Germans. The name comes from
the legend that the dark mark on the dorsal
fin were made by Peter after he threw a John Dory back into the
sea because of it's sad eyes.
The John Dory is
deep-sea fish with a laterally compressed olive-yellow body which
has a large dark spot, and long spines on the dorsal fi. It has a
unique, almost nutty,
flavor The John Dory is an
expensive fish, and often difficult to obtain in the US and
Canada. Porgy can usually be substituted in John Dory recopies
The John Dory's huge head and gut account for a significant
percentage of the fish's weight, and therefore you get less edible
fish for your money than with many other
fish. When purchasing John Dory, they should be
2&1/2 to 3 lbs and plan on one fish for two people.