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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [Vigil Mass]

Liturgical Color: Red

Themes & Motives: Peter, Paul, faith, evangelization, Church

Peter the apostle and Paul the teacher of the Gentiles have brought us to know the law of the Lord.

Opening Prayer:
Lord our God,
encourage us through the prayers of Saints Peter and Paul.
May the apostles who strengthened the faith of the infant Church
help us on our way to salvation.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:
  • Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10 [What I have, I give to you; in the name of Jesus stand up and walk. /v.6]
  • Psalm 19:2-3 / 4-5 [R. Their message goes out through all the earth. /v.5]
  • Galatians 1:11-20 [God chose me while I was still in my mother's womb. /v.16]
  • Gospel Verse: Jn 21:17 [Lord, you know all things: you know that I love you.]
  • John 21:15-19 [Feed my lambs, feed my sheep. /v.17]

Prayer over the Gifts:
we present these gifts
on this feast of the apostles Peter and Paul.
Help us to know our own weakness
and to rejoice in your saving power
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preface of Peter and Paul, Apostles: [The Twofold Mission of Peter and Paul in the Church]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You fill our hearts with joy
as we honor your great apostles:
Peter, our leader in the faith,
and Paul, its fearless preacher.

Peter raised up the Church
from the faithful flock of Israel.
Paul brought your call to the nations,
and became the teacher of the world.
Each in his chosen way gathered into unity
the one family of Christ.
Both shared a martyr's death
and are praised throughout the world.

Now, with the apostles and all the angels and saints,
we praise you for ever:

  Holy, holy, holy Lord...

Communion Antiphon:
Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. (John 21:15,17)
   See Simon, Son of John CNP Catalog #5154

Prayer after Communion:
you give us light by the teaching of your apostles.
In this sacrament we have received
fill is with your strength.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

The English translation of the Introit, Opening Prayer, Psalm Refrain, Gospel Verse, Prayer over the Gifts, Preface, Communion Antiphon and Prayer after Communion from The Roman Missal, © Copyright 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from the First Reading, Second Reading and Gospel are taken from the New American Standard Bible ® © Copyright 1973 The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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