Peter The Fisherman
Peter the Fisherman, called with his brother,
headed the twelve whom the Master enrolled:
heard all his teaching and knew that no other
could be the One that the prophets foretold.
“Thou art the Christ!” was his bold declaration,
vision of truth without any disguise;
soon would he witness the Transfiguration,
glory unspeakable shine in his eyes.
Peter the penitent wept for his failing,
wept for his cowardice, wept that he lied;
Christ gave the pardon of love all- availing,
thrice called him shepherd for thrice he denied.
Taken by Herod and kept in a prison,
Peter was freed by an angel of God;
saved to establish the Church of the Risen,
saved for the road which his Master had trod.
Peter our Patron, O hark to our pleading,
pray for our parish, our seamen and land;
all of thy children forgiveness are needing,
guide us and bring us to Christ’s loving hand.
Thanks be to God on this day of rejoicing,
when we remember his care and his love,
told in the songs which the angels are voicing,
tuned to the harps of the blessed above!
© Words are copyright to St. Peter’s PCC
They are sung to the tune Epiphany by J.F.Thrupp 1827-1867
(usually sung to Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning):