excerpts from: The Responsory of Saint Peter~
By penitential tears thou didst the path of life regain;
Teach us with thee to weep our sins, and wash away their stain.
Firm rock whereon the Church is based, pillar that cannot bend,
With strength endue us; and the faith from heresy defend.
Save Rome, which from the days of old thy blood hath sanctified;
And help the nations of the earth that in thy help confide.
Blest holder of the heavenly keys, thy prayers we all implore
Unlock to us the sacred bars of heaven’s eternal door.
Thou art the shepherd of the sheep, Prince of the Apostles;
to thee were given the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
Thou art Peter.
And upon this rock will I build My Church.
Let us pray.
O Lord, we beseech Thee,
raise us up by the Apostolic might of Blessed Peter Thine Apostle;
that the weaker we are in ourselves, the more powerful may be the assistance
whereby we are strengthened through his intercession;
that thus, ever fortified by the protection of Thine Apostle,
we may neither yield to sin, nor be overwhelmed by adversity.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
[RIGHT]~excerpts from The Raccolta
119. Responsorium: Si Vis Patronum
Fr. Ambrose St. John translation, 1866