For tomorrow's Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, I wanted to show these icons, discovered last year, that depict the two saints. They are from the 4th century and are believed to be the oldest icons in existence. What amazed me, is how similar they are to icons of the two saints today. The Eastern Church really has preserved the writing of icons, as it is called, down to the present day.
In both pictures, Peter is shown with white hair and a round white beard, and Paul is shown with brown hair, balding, and a brown pointed beard.
Traditionally, the icon of St. Peter and St. Paul represents the hoped-for unity between the East and the West. '
May it come quickly!