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

Liturgical Color: Red

Themes: Peter, Paul, faith, evangelization, Church

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Peter the Apostle, and Paul the teacher of the Gentiles,
these have taught us your law, O Lord.

Dicit Dominus Petro: cum esses iunior, cingebas te, et ambulabas ubi volebas: cum autem senueris, extendes manus tuas, et alius te cinget, et ducet quo tu non vis: hoc autem dixit, significans qua morte clarificaturus esset Deum.
Ps. Cæli enarrant gloriam Dei: et opera manuum eius annuntiat firmamentum. Jn 21:18-19; Ps 18 [Graduale Romanum, p.574]

Dicit Dominus Petro: cum esses iunior, cingebas te, et ambulabas ubi volebas: cum autem senueris, extendes manus tuas, et alius te cinget, et ducet quo tu non vis: hoc autem dixit, significans qua morte clarificaturus esset Deum.
Ps. Cæli enarrant gloriam Dei: et opera manuum eius annuntiat firmamentum. Jn 21:18-19; Ps 18 [Gregorian Missal, p.636]

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

Collect:

Grant we pray, O Lord our God,
that we may be sustained
by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,

that, as through them you gave your Church
the foundations of her heavenly of- fice,

so through them you may help her to eter- nal sal- vation.

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 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]

Offertory Antiphon:

But in my eyes your friends are made exceedingly honorable, O God; their strength has been greatly reinforced. Psalm 139:6-17

Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui, Deus: nimis confortatus est principatus eorum. Psalm 139:6-17 [Graduale Romanum, p.435]

Mihi autem nimis honorati sunt amici tui, Deus: nimis confortatus est principatus eorum. Psalm 139:6-17 [Gregorian Missal, p.639]

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

Prayer over the Offerings:

We bring offerings to your altar, O Lord,
as we glory in the solemn feast
of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,

so that the more we doubt our own merits,
the more we may rejoice that we are to be saved
by your lov-ing kindness.

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:

Simon, Son of John, do you love me more than these?
Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you. John 21:15,17 [Roman Missal]

Simon Ioannis, diligis me plus his? Domine, tu omnia nosti: tu scis, Domine, quia amo te. John 21:15,17 [Graduale Romanum, p.574]
Psalm 19:2,3,4,5,6,7 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Simon Ioannis, diligis me plus his? Domine, tu omnia nosti: tu scis, Domine, quia amo te. John 21:15,17 [Gregorian Missal, p.640]

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

Prayer after Communion:

By this heavenly Sacrament, O Lord, we pray,

strength- en your faithful,
whom you have enlightened with the teaching of the A- postles.

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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