Church of the Primacy of Peter

Continuing around the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee we visited the Church of the Primacy of Peter.

Our reading is from John 21:1-19. Here Jesus appears to His disciples for the third time after His resurrection. This is in the area known as Tabgha, which is a corruption of the the word Heptapegon, which means seven springs. Here these warm springs feed the Sea of Galilee which creates an area of great fishing. Funny how these fisherman couldn't catch anything in these abundant fishing waters until Jesus told them to simply throw their nets on the right side of the boat.

The interior of the church is refreshingly plain. Most churches we'll encounter later are quite ornate, to the point of garishness.

The rough rock you see in front of the altar is believed to be where Jesus fed His disciples the fish breakfast recorded in John 21:9.

This was our first chance to get up close to the Sea of Galilee. Many took the opportunity to touch the water.

It's not a beach where you would lay out a blanket and catch a few rays. As you can tell it is quite rocky.


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