St. Peter was born at Bethsaida on the shore of the sea Galilee. He settled down at Capernaum, earned his living by fishing until Jesus called him to “become a fisher of men”. His name was Simon, but our Lord, on first meeting him that he should be Cephas, the Aramaic equivalent of the Greek Word whose English Form is Peter (i.e. rock). He is Premier among the twelve disciples, a man of great holiness and meekness. It was he who, as the spokesman of the rest made sublime profession of faith, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”. God filled him with true wisdom and knowledge. He preached the first public sermon at Pentecost. There are two books in the Holy Bible to his credit. He urges his readers to live as people belong to God. He says that “God doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn from their sins”. The passion of St.Peter took place in Rome during the reign of Nero. When he came to the cross he said, “I am not worthy to be put on cross like as my Lord was, therefore turn my cross and crucify me my head downward”. St.Peter is a true model for all students seeking moral and intellectual attainments. May all the Peterians be rock-like as St.Peter was, in their convictions based on noble virtues, refined character and faith in Divine Power.
Our Heavenly Patron
O blessed St Peter, head and chief of the Apostles, thou art the guardian of the keys of the heavenly kingdom, and against thee the powers of hell do not prevail; thou art the rock of the Church and the shepherd of Christ’s flock; thou art great in power, wonderful in thy heavenly bliss; thou hast the right of binding and loosing in heaven and on earth. The sea supported thy footsteps, the sick upon whom even thy shadow fell were cured of their ills. By the memory of that right hand which supported thee on the waves of the sea, lift me from the ocean of my sins, and by those tears which thou didst shed for thy Lord, break the bonds of my offences and free me from the hand of all my adversaries. Help even me, O good shepherd, that I may in this life serve Christ Jesus and thee, that with thy help, after the close of a good life, I may deserve to attain the reward of eternal happiness in heaven, where thou art unto endless ages the guardian of the gates and the shepherd of the flock.
O Holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His church; obtain for me I pray you, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever.