Litany of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles



Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.  Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
    Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,     pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin,   pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, etc.
Saint Peter,
Prince of the Apostles,
St. Peter, to whom were given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven,
St. Peter, so ardent for the glory of Christ,
St. Peter, whose heart was pierced with one look from Jesus,
St. Peter, who ceased not to grieve for having denied the Son of God,
St. Peter, whose cheeks were furrowed by a stream of tears
    which flowed to the end of thy life,
St. Peter, who cried out, "Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee!"
St. Peter, bound in chains for Christ,
St. Peter, delivered from prison by an angel,
St. Peter, who rejoiced to suffer for Christ,
St. Peter, whose very shadow healed the sick,
St. Peter, whose voice even the dead obeyed,
St. Peter, that we may have a constant and mutual charity   
    among ourselves,
That we may taste and see more and more how sweet is the Lord,
That we may be zealous in loyalty to thy successor,
    the present Vicar of Christ,
That we may help, at least by prayer, to restore to the
    unity of thy Holy See the scattered sheep,
That we may be prudent and watchful in prayer,
That we may die the death of the just,

V.    Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him,
R.    And His wonderful works to the children of men.
V.    Pray for us, Saint Peter the Rock,
R.    That we may be worthy of the Vicar of Christ.

Let Us Pray

        O Lord Jesus Christ, Who upon blessed Peter, Thine Apostle, didst bestow the pontifical power of binding and loosing, and didst give to him the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, grant that his intercession may ensure our deliverance from the bondage of sin, Thou Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  
R. Amen.


        St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles: Born at Bethsaida and by trade a fisherman, Peter was actually named "Simon bar Jona," i.e. "Simon, son of John." When Our Lord made him the first pope, He renamed him "Cephas" (Aramaic) or "Petros" (Greek) or "Peter," all of which mean "Rock." Peter was the first bishop of Rome and was crucified there, head downward, around 64 A.D. His tomb has been found in excavations under St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.