Some of our readers have probably been tasked with programming hymns for the Feast of the Chair of Peter this coming Friday, or for another celebration honoring Pope Benedict or praying for guidance for the upcoming conclave. Since this text came to my mind, I thought I would offer it, in case it’s more useful than, say, Pescador de Hombres.
Verse 3 focuses on a relatively neglected scripture reference for the Petrine ministry. We all know “Tu es Petrus,” but this other expression, the mission of “confirming the brethren,” is also very important. Peter is responsible for strengthening the faith of his brother bishops.
Verse 4 paraphrases a Gospel dialogue between Jesus and Peter, quite relevant to the willing sacrifices made by Pope Benedict.
Please feel free to use this during the coming weeks. I would recommend the tune Iste Confessor.
lives! The gatekeeper of heaven,
free, once bound for crucifixion,
splendor, prince among the elders.
The binding and the loosing,
earth unto the highest heavens,
bishop of that city
that your faith will not fail you.
comes, and you have converted,
give up riches and possessions,
inherit, in that endless Kingdom,
present, many times the blessings
Father who sent us Christ Jesus.
Son, who came as the Messiah.
Spirit, Guardian of the teaching,
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