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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [At the Mass during the Day]

Liturgical Color: Red

Themes: Peter, Paul, faith, evangelization, Church

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

These are the ones who, living in the flesh,
planted the Church with their blood;
they drank the chalice of the Lord
and became the friends of God.

Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus Angelum suum: et eripuit me de manu Herodis, et de omni exspectatione plebis Iudæorum.
Ps. Domine probasti me, et cognovisti me: tu cognovisti sessionem meam, et resurrectionem meam. Acts 12:11 / Ps 139 [Graduale Romanum, p.575]

Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus Angelum suum: et eripuit me de manu Herodis, et de omni exspectatione plebis Iudæorum.
Ps. Domine probasti me, et cognovisti me: tu cognovisti sessionem meam, et resurrectionem meam. Acts 12:11 / Ps 139 [Gregorian Missal, p.641]

Misit Dominus Angelum suum, et liberavit me de manu Herodis, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, p.282]
Psalm 19, verses 1-6

Collect:

O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,

grant, we pray, that your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right re- ligion.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11 [Now I know it is indeed true: the Lord has saved me from the power of Herod. /v.11]
  • Psalm 34:2-3 / 4-5 / 6-7 / 8-9 [R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him. /v.8]
  • II Timothy 4:6-8,17-18 [All that remains now is the crown of righteousness. /v.8]
  • Gospel Verse: Mt 16:18 [You are Peter, the rock on which I will build my Church; the gates of hell will not hold out against it.]
  • Matthew 16:13-19 [You are Peter; and I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. /v.18]

Offertory Antiphon:

You will make them princes over all the earth: they will keep the memorial of your name, in every age and generation. Psalm 45:17-18

Constitues eos principes super omnem terram: memores erunt nominis tui, in omni progenie et generatione. Psalm 45:17-18 [Graduale Romanum, p.434]

Constitues eos principes super omnem terram: memores erunt nominis tui, in omni progenie et generatione. Psalm 45:17-18 [Gregorian Missal, p.644]

Constitues eos principes omnem terram: memores erunt nominis tui, Domine. [Graduale simplex, p.285]
Psalm 45

Prayer over the Offerings:

May the prayer of the Apostles, O Lord,
accompany the sacrificial gift
that we present in your name for consecra- tion,

and may their intercession make us devoted to you
in celebration of the sacrifice.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface of Saints Peter and Paul: [The twofold ministry of Peter and Paul in the Church]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For by your providence
the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul bring us joy:
Peter, foremost in confessing the faith,
Paul, its outstanding preacher,
Peter, who established the early Church from the remnant of Israel,
Paul, master and teacher of the Gentiles that you call.

And so, each in a different way
gathered together the one family of Christ;
and revered together throughout the world,
they share one Martyr's crown.

And therefore, with all the Angels and Saints,
we praise you, as without end we acclaim::

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Peter said to Jesus: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus replied: You are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church. Matthew 16:16,18 [Roman Missal]

Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam meam. John 21:15,17 [Graduale Romanum, p.577]
Psalm 80:8,9,10,11,12,15,16,18,19,20 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam meam. John 21:15,17 [Gregorian Missal, p.645]

Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam meam. [Graduale simplex, p.286]
verses from Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10

Prayer after Communion:

Grant us, O Lord,
who have been renewed by this Sacrament,
so to live in the Church,

that, persevering in the breaking of the Bread
and in the teaching of the Apos- tles,

we may be one heart and one soul,
made steadfast in your love.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [16. Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles]

May almighty God bless you,
for he has made you steadfast in Saint Peter's saving confession
and through it has set you on the solid rock of the Church's faith.
Amen.

And having instructed you
by the tireless preaching of Saint Paul,
may God teach you constantly by his example
to win brothers and sisters for Christ.
Amen.

So that by the keys of Saint Peter and the words of Saint Paul,
and by the support of their intercession,
God may bring us happily to that homeland
that Peter attained on a cross
and Paul by the blade of a sword.
Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
Amen.

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