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Annually on August 1
Deliverance of the Apostle Peter
Antonio de Bellis, The Liberation of St. Peter
PRAYER (traditional language):
Gracious Father, by whose hand thy servant Simon Peter was most Wonderfully delivered out of prison and from impending death: Grant us, in all the changes and chances of this mortal life, to dread nothing but the loss of thee, and to cast all our care upon thee, who carest for us. When disasters lie ahead, help us to avoid them if we may, and to endure them if we must, knowing that we walk with him who endured all for us, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
From the Society of Archbishop Justus:
We read the story of Peter's deliverance in Acts 12:1-17. King Herod Agrippa I (grandson of Herod the Great, who tried to kill the infant Jesus (Matthew 2), nephew of Herod Antipas, who killed John the Baptist (Mark 6) and examined Jesus on Good Friday (Luke 23), and father of Herod Agrippa II, who heard the defense of Paul before Festus (Acts 25)), acting probably in 42 Ad, put the Apostle James bar-Zebedee to death, and imprisoned Peter with the intent of killing him also. But as Peter slept, chained to guards, an angel jabbed him in the ribs and said, "Get up, get dressed, and follow me." He led Peter out of the prison and a few blocks away, and there left him. Peter went to a house where many Christians had gathered to pray for him, got an interesting reception, gave them a message for James the kinsman of Jesus, the head of the Jerusalem community, and left Jerusalem for a while. Soon after (in 44 Ad, at the age of 34), Herod died suddenly.