Saint Peter

POETRY: St. Peter, by Christina Rossetti

May 17, 2017

St. Peter once: “Lord, doest Thou wash my feet?”— Much more I say: Lord, dost Thou stand and knock At my closed heart more rugged than a rock, Bolted and barred, for Thy soft touch unmet, Nor garnished in any wise made sweet? Owls roost within and dancing satyrs mock. Lord, I have heard the crowing of the cock And have not wept: ah, Lord, thou knowest it. Yet still I hear Thee knocking, still I hear: “Open to Me, look on Me eye to eye, That I may wring thy heart and make it whole; And teach thee love because I hold thee dear And sup with thee in gladness soul with soul, And sup with thee in glory by and [...]

APOSTLES: Peter And Paul As Preachers Of Repentance, by Finn Damgaard

September 15, 2016

From Peter in Early Christianity As often noted, the concept of repentance plays a crucial role in Luke-Acts.  In the gospel, the call to repentance occurs frequently in the preaching and teaching of Jesus.  While Jesus in Mark and Matthew claims that he has “not come to call the righteous, but sinners,” Luke significantly adds that Jesus has come to call the sinners “to repentance.”  This undoubtedly programmatic statement has a crucial impact on the way Luke recasts the figure of Peter.  While Mark’s portrayal of Peter time and again focuses on Peter’s misunderstanding of Jesus’s person and mission and his weakness and fear, and only hints at his remorse and perhaps repentance at the end, [...]

POETRY: St. Peter and the Angel by Denise Levertov

September 14, 2016

Delivered out of raw continual pain, smell of darkness, groans of those others to whom he was chained— unchained, and led past the sleepers, door after door silently opening— out! And along a long street’s majestic emptiness under the moon: one hand on the angel’s shoulder, one feeling the air before him, eyes open but fixed . . . . And not till he saw the angel had left him, alone and free to resume the ecstatic, dangerous, wearisome roads of what he had still to do, not till then did he recognize this was no dream. More frightening than arrest, than being chained to his warders: he could hear his own footsteps suddenly. Had the angel’s feet made any sound? He could not recall. No one had missed him, no one was in pursuit. He [...]

POETRY: St. Peter’s Day, by John Keble

September 14, 2016

Thou thrice denied, yet thrice beloved, Watch by Thine own forgiven friend! In sharpest perils faithful proved, Let his soul love Thee to the end. The prayer is heard—else why so deep His slumber on the eve of death? And wherefore smiles he in his sleep, As one who drew celestial breath? He loves and is beloved again— Can his soul choose but be at rest? Sorrow hath fled away, and pain Dares not invade the guarded nest. He dearly loves, and not alone; For his winged thoughts are soaring high Where never yet frail heart was known To breath in vain affection’s sigh. He loves and weeps; but more than tears Have sealed thy welcome and his love— One look lives in him, and endears Crosses and wrongs where’er he rove— That gracious [...]

PETER: Peter’s Miraculous Mission, by Bart D. Ehrman

September 13, 2016

From Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene What accounts for Peter’s success as a missionary?  In the book of Acts, there is no ambiguity about the matter: God works miracles through him, and this convinces the crowds that he represents the truth they need to accept.  The first conversions come when the apostles miraculously receive the Spirit and begin speaking in tongues on the day of Pentecost.  Peter preaches a sermon and thousands convert.  He heals a lame man at the temple, a crowd gathers, he preaches a sermon, and thousands convert.  Eventually we’re told that all the apostles begin doing “many signs and wonders” with the result that “many more were added to those who believed in the Lord, both men [...]

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 [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To Saint Peter

September 12, 2016

Author unknown Saint Peter, O glorious Saint Peter, who, in return for your strong and generous faith, your profound and sincere humility, and your burning love, was rewarded by Jesus Christ with singular privileges. In particular, you were graced with the leadership of the other apostles and the primacy of the whole church, of which you were made the foundation stone. Please obtain for us the grace of a lively faith, that shall not fear to profess itself openly, in its entirety and in all of its manifestations, even to the shedding of blood, if occasion should demand it. Make us willing to sacrifice life itself rather than surrender. Obtain for us, likewise, a sincere loyalty to the church. Grant, moreover, that we may follow, in all [...]