The Bulgarian Orthodox Church remembers on Friday the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul.
In Bulgaria, the day is known as Peters’ Day and all named Peter, Petya and Kamen celebrate.
This feast day commemorates the martyrdom of the two great Apostles, assigned by tradition to the same day of June in the year 67.
They had been imprisoned in the famous Mamertine Prison of Rome and both had foreseen their approaching death.
Saint Peter was crucified; Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was slain by a sword. Tomorrow the Church commemorates the Apostle of the Gentiles; today is dedicated primarily to Saint Peter.
For the Eastern Orthodox Christians this feast also marks the end of the Apostles’ Fast. It is considered a day of recommended attendance, whereon one should attend the All-Night Vigil (or at least Vespers) on the eve, and the Divine Liturgy on the morning of the feast.