Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

The ancient Hebrews divided the night into four watches:

1. The beginning of the watches (evening watch)

2. The middlewatch or midnight

3. The cock-crowing

4. The morning watch (dawning watch)

Romans as well divided the night into segments, of which the segment beginning at 3am was known as gallicinium...meaning cock-crow or daybreak.  3am was a shift rotation for Roman sentries, meaning that the cock-crow Peter heard in the High-Priest's courtyard (in the midst of a city) was more likely a bugle call than a rooster.

Does it make a difference?  Not particularly.  It is however interesting when one considers the bravery Peter would have had to exhibit, and the mental/emotional trauma of military occupation.  Peter had assaulted the high priests servant with a sword, then stealthily tailed Jesus' escort to the High Priest's courtyard...literally the middle of his home from which the various rooms and outbuildings sprawled.  Peter could have justifiably been arrested as an assassin had he been recognized.  Being reminded, not only of your own betrayal to your dearest friend, but also of the dire ends to which you have followed him would be quite a sum to wrap one's mind around. 

Whether pause for reflection comes in good times or bad; prompted by rooster or trumpet, let us to not discount the failings and suffering that only the bold are privileged to endure.