"How blessed is the Church of Rome, on which the apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood!" - Tertullian
Prayer to St. Peter
O glorious Saint Peter, who, in return for thy lively and generous faith,
thy profound and sincere humility,
and thy burning love,
wast honored by Jesus Christ with singular privileges,
and, in particular,
with the leadership of the other Apostles and the primacy of the whole Church,
of which thou wast made the foundation stone,
do thou 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,
and to the sacrifice of life itself in preference to surrender.
Obtain for us likewise,
a sincere loyalty to our holy mother, the Church;
grant that we may ever remain most closely and
sincerely united to the Roman Pontiff,
who is the heir of thy faith and of thy authority,
the one, true, visible Head of the Catholic Church,
that mystic ark outside which there is no salvation.
Grant, moreover, that we may follow, in all humility and
meekness, her teaching and her counsels , and may be obedient to all her precepts, in order to be able here on earth
to enjoy a peace that is sure
and undisturbed, and
to attain one day in haven to everlasting happiness.
Pray for us, Saint Peter the Apostle,
R. That we may be made worthy of the premises of Christ.
Let us Pray
O God, who has given unto Thy blessed Apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and the power to bind and loose: grant that we may be delivered, through thee help of his intercession, from the bonds of all our sins: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
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