First off, let’s make sure that we know what an apostle is. An apostle is one of the twelve disciples of Christ sent forth to preach the gospel. Originally, there were twelve: Simon Peter; Andrew; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew (Levi); Thomas (Didymus); James; Jude (Thaddacus); Simon; Judas Iscariot.
Their religious beliefs are summarized in one of many versions of the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic and apostolic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
So what is an apostle’s spoon? It is a spoon that has one of the apostles depicted on the handle. A set of apostles’ spoons consisted of twelve spoons and an extra, thirteenth spoon was that of Jesus. It is an old custom dating back to at least the 1500s, to give a spoon to a child upon their baptismal.
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