Take in this beautiful antiphon by William Byrd (1543 – 1623) – Hodie Simon Petrus

On this day, Simon Peter ascended the gibbet of the cross, alleluia: on this day, he that beareth the keys of the kingdom of heaven passed rejoicing to Christ: on this day, Paul the Apostle, the light of the world, inclining his head, for the name of Christ was crowned with martyrdom, alleluia.

Hodie Simon Petrus ascendit crucis patibulum, alleluia: hodie clavicularius regni gaudens migravit ad Christum: hodie Paulus Apostolus, lumen orbis terrae inclinato capite pro Christi nomine martyrio coronatus est, alleluia.

Many thanks to Gregory DiPippo over at New Liturgical Movement for highlighting this and for providing the Latin text and translation!

Caravaggio's Martyrdom of Saint Peter

Caravaggio’s Martyrdom of Saint Peter