St. Peter Novena

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St. Peter was one of the twelve Apostles who were befriended and mentored by Jesus. One aspect of Peter’s personality that shows up time and again through the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles is his zeal. He is always striving to do what is right, but even when he makes mistakes, he does all things wholeheartedly. This novena will focus on the zeal of St. Peter.

About St. Peter

The life of St. Peter is documented in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. Peter’s original name was Simon. He was a fisherman who was called by Jesus to be one of the twelve Apostles along with his brother, Andrew. During one conversation, when Jesus asked who the people said He was, Simon said that He was the Son of God, a truth that had been revealed to him by the Father, but was (at that time) unknown to the other Apostles. Jesus called him “Cephas” or Peter, which means Rock, and told him that on this rock He would build His Church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. It is in this moment that Jesus appointed Peter to be the first Pope, and the gates of hell have not prevailed against the Church and the Papacy all these centuries later, as Jesus promised. St. Peter’s remains are buried under St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, where the current Pope often says Mass.

St. Peter Novena Prayers

St. Peter Novena - Day 1

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus told you and your brother to follow Him and become fishers of men, you dropped your nets at once and followed Him. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may follow Jesus promptly when He calls.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 2

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus asked who His disciples said that He was, you exclaimed that He was the Son of God, a bold proclamation of what was revealed to you by the Father. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may be bold in proclaiming the good news.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 3

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus walked on water to the boat bearing the disciples during a terrible storm, you made a bold request that Jesus call to you to walk out to Him on the giant waves. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may yearn to walk on deeper waters, relying on Jesus alone.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 4

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus went to wash your feet, you told Him that He would never wash your feet; you viewed Him as your Master and only servants wash feet. However, when He told you that you would have no inheritance with Him if He did not wash you, you asked that He wash all of you as well as your feet. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may not be embarrassed by the parts of me that are unclean but ask Jesus fervently to wash all of me clean.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 5

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus was placed on trial, you three times denied knowing Him, but after His Resurrection, when you heard He was at the shore, you were so eager to see Him, even though He would surely have known how you hurt Him, that you leapt from your boat and swam to Him. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may run to Jesus for reconciliation, no matter how much I have hurt Him by my actions.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 6

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when Jesus asked you if you loved Him with an “agape” (unconditional) love, knowing how you had denied Him, you responded that you loved Him with a “philia” (brotherly) love. Such was your humility. Intercede on my behalf that I may be honest with myself and with Jesus about how much I love Him, so that I may grow in love.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 7

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, after the Holy Spirit descended on you at Pentecost, you went out to the streets to proclaim the Gospel even though you knew it would most likely lead to your imprisonment and death. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may have the courage to speak and to act in accordance with God’s will.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 8

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when you were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel, an angel led you out of the prison to the city gates. After your release, you continued preaching the Gospel. Such was your fortitude. Intercede on my behalf that I may be persistent in doing the work of God.

Amen.

St. Peter Novena - Day 9

St. Peter, you had such zeal to run to Jesus during your life on Earth, which is why I am confident that you will run to Him now with my intentions:

*insert special intention*

St. Peter, when you were martyred by crucifixion, you said that you were not fit to die the same death as your Master and asked to be crucified upside down. Such was your zeal. Intercede on my behalf that I may have a fraction of the zeal to pursue God you had during your life on Earth.

Amen.

St. Peter is the Patron Saint of...

The intercession of St. Peter is called on especially in the following cases:

  • Against frenzy
  • Bakers
  • Bridge builders
  • Butchers
  • Clock makers
  • Cobblers
  • Feet problems
  • Fever
  • Fishermen
  • Harvesters
  • Locksmiths
  • Longevity
  • Masons
  • Net makers
  • Papacy
  • Ship builders
  • Shoemakers
  • Universal Church
  • and many more...

The Feast of St. Peter is June 29th but you can pray the St. Peter Novena anytime and for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!