Apostle Peter

PETER: Peter In The Acts Of The Apostles, by Markus Bockmuehl

September 13, 2016

From Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory Peter’s image in Acts remains appreciably Lukan, but with a number of interesting changes vis-à-vis the gospel.  As soon as the ascension occurs and the disciples are instructed to await the Spirit’s arrival in Jerusalem, Luke immediately foregrounds Peter as the leading apostle.  It is Peter who proposes to appoint Matthias by lot as the successor Judas.  Throughout the first half of Acts, it appears that Peter is the main human protagonist – the pioneer missionary and chief public speaker, healer, and prophetic overseer of church discipline. Peter’s speeches sound, as scholars have long noted, somewhat “archaizing” and rather less theologically and [...]

PRAYER: The Responsory Of Saint Peter

September 12, 2016

Seek ye a patron to defend Your cause?—then, one and all, Without delay upon the Prince Of the Apostles call. Blest holder of the Heavenly keys, Thy prayers we all implore; Unlock to us the sacred bars Of Heaven’s eternal door. By penitential tears thou didst The path of life regain; Teach us with thee to weep our sins, And wash away their stain. Blest holder of the Heavenly keys, Thy prayers we all implore; Unlock to us the sacred bars Of Heaven’s eternal door. The angel touch’d thee, and forthwith Thy chains from off thee fell; O, loose us from the subtle coils That bind us fast to hell. Blest holder of the Heavenly keys, Thy prayers we all implore; Unlock to us the sacred bars Of Heaven’s eternal door. Firm rock whereon [...]