Twelve Apostles

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The Twelve Apostles or The Twelve Disciples were the twelve followers of Jesus while He walked the earth. Jesus called each of them to Him at the start of His earthly ministry and they followed Him during the three years of his teaching. While making many gaffes and having difficulty understanding all that Jesus was, after His crucifixion and Resurrection and the imparting of the Holy Spirit, they became men of great valor and the forefathers of Christianity.

They are Saints in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions except for Judas Iscariot, the traitor of Jesus.[1]

Rubens, Christ surrending the keys to St Peter.

The Apostles were

After the death of Judas (Matt 27:5), his place was taken by:


While not one of the Twelve, an Apostle is considered

  • Saint Paul, Apostle of the Gentiles (Years later)

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Remembering the Apostles

The Apostles' names can easily be remembered through the use of the following mnemonic poem:

This is the way the disciples run

Peter, Andrew, James and John

Phillip and Bartholemew

Thomas next and Matthew, too.

James the less and Judas the greater

Simon the zealot and Judas the traitor.

See also

External links

References

  1. See Why Did He Do It?
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