Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.‘ Thus the whole church prayed for Peter as for its head and chief priest, whom it dearly loved and honoured, considering that if Peter were beheaded, it would be not so much him as the church itself that would lose its head. The Church still imitates that today, praying always for the supreme pontiff in the canon of the Mass, and often in the collects. For like an Atlas he carries the whole weight of the Church on his shoulders.  (Cornelius a Lapide, in Acta Apost. IX)

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