Evening Prayer II

PETER AND PAUL

June 29

Deus in adjutorium meum intende,
Domine ad adjuvandum me festina

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o Theos, Agios Ischyros, Agios Athanatos,
Eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortalis,
miserere nobis.


OPENING

Jesus said, + You are Peter, the Rock;
and on this rock I will build my Church.

When you are old Peter, + you will stretch out your arms, and a stranger will bind you fast,
and carry you where you have no wish to go.

God, who made Peter + an apostle to the Jews,
also made Paul and apostle to the Gentiles.

Paul is my chosen instrument + to bring my name before the nations,
and before the people of Israel.

I have run the great race, + I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
now the prize awaits me, the garland of righteousness.


PHOS HILARON

Antiphon: Christ, the cornerstone, has built his Church upon the apostles and the prophets: Come, let us adore him.

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.

Antiphon: Christ, the cornerstone, has built his Church upon the apostles and the prophets: Come, let us adore him.


READING     1 Corinthians 15:3-8
In the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; and that he was raised to life on the third day, in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared first to Cephas and secondly to the Twelve, and last of all to me.


HYMN
-
Peter, good shepherd, may your ceaseless orisons
for us prevailing break the bands of wickedness:
for you in ancient time received authority
the gates to open, or to close, of paradise.

Oh, by your doctrine, Paul, you sage illustrious,
guide us in virtue, raise our spirits heavenward,
till perfect knowledge streams on us abundantly,
and that which is only in part be done away.

Glory eternal to the blessed Trinity,
with laud and honor, homage and supremacy,
Trinal yet Onely, reigning in his majesty
both now and ever, through the ages infinite.  Amen

Or:
Aurea luce et decore roseo,
Lux lucis, omne perfudisti saeculum:
decorans caelos inclito martyrio.
Hac sacra die, quae dat reis veniam.

Janitor caeli, doctor orbis pariter,
Judices saecli, vera mundi lumina:
Per crucem alter, alter ense triumphans,
Vitae senatum laureati possident.

O felix Roma, quae tantorum principum
es purpurata pretioso sanguine,
non laude tua, sed ipsorum meritis
excellis omnem mundi pulchritudinem.

Jam, bone Pastor Petre, clemens accipe
Vota precantum, et peccati vincula
Resolve, tibi potestate tradita,
Qua cunctis cúlum verbo claudis, aperis.

Doctor egregie, Paule, mores instrue,
Et mente polum nos transferre satage:
Donec perfectum largiatur plenus,
Evacuato quod ex parte gerimus.

Olivae binae pietatis unicae,
fide devotos, spe robustos maxime,
fonte repletos caritatis geminae
post mortem carnis impetrate vivere.

Sit Trinitati sempiterna gloria,
honor, potestas atque iubilatio,
in unitate, cui manet imperium
ex tunc et modo per aeterna saecula.

O light of dawn, O rosy glow,
O Light from Light, all ages show
Your beauty, and the martyrs fame,
That gain us pardon from our blame.

The heavens' porter, and earth's sage,
The world's bright lights who judge the age.
One wins by cross, and one by sword,
And life on high is their reward.

These are your princes, happy Rome!
Their precious blood clothes you, their home.
We praise not you, but praise their worth,
Beyond all beauty of the earth.

Kind Shepherd, Peter, unto thee was given
The keys to close and ope the gates of heaven;
Strike from our souls the galling chain of crime,
And gain the grace for which our hearts have striven.

O learned Paul, inspire us from above
With all the graces of the Heavenly Dove;
Bring us the faith to see the truth of God,
And brighten earth with the sweet reign of love.

One love, one faith, twin olive trees,
One great strong hope filled both of these.
Full fonts, in your matched charity,
Pray that we may in heaven be.

Give glory to the Trinity
And honor to the Unity,
And joy and pow'r, for their reign stays
Today and through all endless days.



The Psalter


Ant. 1: Willingly + I boast of my weaknesses, / that the power of Christ may live in me.

1
The LORD is King;
let the earth rejoice; *
     let the multitude of the isles be glad.
2
Clouds and darkness are round about him, *
     righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.
3
A fire goes before him *
     and burns up his enemies on every side.
4
His lightnings light up the world; *
     the earth sees it and is afraid.
5
The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, *
     at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6
The heavens declare his righteousness, *
     and all the peoples see his glory.
7
Confounded be all who worship carved images
and delight in false gods! *
     Bow down before him, all you gods.
8
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, *
     because of your judgments, O LORD.
9
For you are the LORD,
most high over all the earth; *
     you are exalted far above all gods.
10
The LORD loves those who hate evil; *
     he preserves the lives of his saints
     and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11
Light has sprung up for the righteous, *
     and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
12
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous, *
     and give thanks to his holy Name.

Ant. 1: Willingly + I boast of my weaknesses, / that the power of Christ may live in me.



Ant. 2: When you are old Peter, + you will stretch out your arms, and a stranger will bind you fast, / and carry you where you have no wish to go.
10
How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?
11
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.
13
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.
14
O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.
15
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,
17
In the courts of the LORD's house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
     Hallelujah!

Ant. 2: When you are old Peter, + you will stretch out your arms, and a stranger will bind you fast, / and carry you where you have no wish to go.



Ant. 3: I have run the great race, + I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; / now the prize awaits me, the garland of righteousness.
1
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart; *
     before the gods I will sing your praise.
2
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, *
     because of your love and faithfulness;
3
For you have glorified your Name *
     and your word above all things.
4
When I called, you answered me; *
     you increased my strength within me.
5
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD, *
     when they have heard the words of your mouth.
6
They will sing of the ways of the LORD, *
     that great is the glory of the LORD.
7
Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly; *
     he perceives the haughty from afar.
8
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; *
     you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
     your right hand shall save me.
9
The LORD will make good his purpose for me; *
     O LORD, your love endures for ever;
     do not abandon the works of your hands.

Ant. 3: I have run the great race, + I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; / now the prize awaits me, the garland of righteousness.


FIRST READING          Isaiah 49:1-6

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God." And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength-- he says, "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."


Canticle          A Song of Faith - 1 Peter 1.3-4,18-21

Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading,
kept in heaven for you.

Who are being protected by the power of God
through faith for a salvation,
ready to be revealed in the last time.

You were ransomed from the futile ways of your ancestors
not with perishable things like silver or gold

But with the precious blood of Christ
like that of a lamb without spot or stain.

Through him you have confidence in God,
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are set on God.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.


SECOND READING          Galatians 2:1-9

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us— we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you. And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) —those leaders contributed nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.


Second Canticle
Magnificat

Antiphon: Today Simon Peter + ascended the gibbet of the cross; today the keybearer departed to Christ: / today the Apostle Paul bowed down his head and the name of Christ received the martyr's crown.

My soul magnifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

The promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Antiphon: Today Simon Peter + ascended the gibbet of the cross; today the keybearer departed to Christ: / today the Apostle Paul bowed down his head and the name of Christ received the martyr's crown.


RESPONSORY
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and preached it faithfully.
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and preached it faithfully.
They bore witness to the resurrection of Christ.
and preached it faithfully.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
The apostles proclaimed the word of God and preached it faithfully.

Collect
Almighty God, whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martydom: Grant that your Church, instructed by their teaching and example, and knit together in unity by your Spirit, may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, which is Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Intercessions

Let us pray trustingly to Christ, who has built his Church on the foundation of the Apostles and the prophets:
- Lord, come to the aid of your people.
You called Simon the fisherman to be a fisher of men:
  -  never cease to choose labourers for your harvest, so that many may be saved.
You took command of the storm at sea to save your disciples’ boat from sinking:
  -  defend your Church from all disturbance and strengthen the apostolic rule.
After your resurrection you gathered your scattered flock round Peter:
  -  good Shepherd, unite all your people in a single flock.
You sent the apostle Paul to evangelize the nations:
  -  let the message of salvation be preached to every creature.
You entrusted the keys of heaven to the care of your Church:
  -;  open the gates of heaven to all who have trusted in your compassion.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
 hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
 thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
 and forgive us our trespasses
 as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.

Closing Prayer:

O God, you have given us this holy day so that we may have the joy of venerating the apostles Peter and Paul.
Grant that your Church may follow their example in all things,
 for it was from them that her life began.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
 who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
 God for ever and ever.



 
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