Notker Balbulus

The Hymnbook
The Proper of the Saints

For St. Peter & St. Paul, Apostles
29th June

[N.30] "Petre summe Christi"



O Peter, highest shepherd of Christ, and Paul, teacher of the gentiles: May your intercession assist your Church, enlightened by your teachings, across the earth’s circle!

For, o Peter, the Lord bestowed on thee the keys of heaven.

Thee, o Benjamin, Christ acknowledgeth as His armsbearer and His chosen vessel.

To the love in which He holds thee, o Peter, Christ granted it to tread with thy foot upon the sea; He made the shadow of thy body to be remedy for the sick and the weak.

Thee, o Paul, whose word is seed, Christ granteth to defeat the philosophers with His voice; thou, o Paul, didst win many victories for Christ throughout the nations.

At last, when all barbarians lie vanquished, you twain proceed to the topmost citadel, to compel the warring twins, placated now, under Christ’s yoke.

There the savagery of Nero had condemned thee, o Peter and Paul, of apostles the princes, victors in so many battles, to deaths of divers sort.

Thee joineth a cross, and thee sendeth a bloody sword, to Christ.


Richard L. Hewitt
Notker's Hymnbook in Three Languages

Kamuzu Academy, Malawi
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