Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial,
Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ The chains fell from his wrists.” (ACTS 12: 5-7)
St. Peter was “secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison,” but “prayer by the Church” was stronger. Whenever we are under spiritual attack or whenever we feel totally trapped “by double chains,” we can put our trust in “prayer by the Church” and in God, Who takes care of us, and go to the church before the Blessed Sacrament and ask for help. He always answers.
“You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Gospel Acclamation)
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