Morning Prayer I

PETER AND PAUL

June 29


Domine labia mea aperies
et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam.

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 Immortális,
miserére 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.


INVITATORY


Antiphon: Christ the cornerstone has built his church on the foundation of apostles and prophets; Come let us adore him.

Venite (Psalm 95:1-7)

Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Antiphon: Christ the cornerstone has built his church on the foundation of apostles and prophets; Come let us adore him.


HYMN
-
Let heav'n with acclamations ring,
And earth with joy responsive sing:
The Apostles' deeds and high estate
This festal-tide we celebrate.

O ye who, thron'd in glory dread,
Shall judge the living and the dead,
True lights, the world illúmining,
Regard the suppliant pray'r we bring.

The gates of heav'n, at your command,
To all or clos'd or open stand:
May we, at your august decree,
Be loos'd from our iniquity.

That Christ the unerring Judge of doom,
When he at time's last end shall come,
May grant us for his mercy's sake,
Of joys eternal to partake.

All honour, laud, and glory be,
O Jesus, Virgin-Born, to thee;
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.  Amen.

Or:

Apostolorum passio
diem sacravit sæculi,
Petri triumphum nobilem,
Pauli coronam pæferens.

Coniunxit æquales viros
cruor triumphalis necis;
Deum secutos præsulem
Christi coronavit fides.

Primus Petrus apostolus;
nec Paulus inpar gratia,
electionis vas sacræ,
Petri adæquavit fidem.

Verso crucis vestigio
Simon, honorem dans Deo,
suspensus ascendit, dati
non inmemor oraculi.

Hinc Roma celsum verticem
devotionis extulit,
fundata tali sanguine
et vate tanto nobilis.

Huc ire quis mundum putet,
concurrere plebem poli:
electa gentium caput,
sedes magistri gentium.

Horum, Redemptor, quæsumus,
ut principum consortio
iungas precantes servulos
in sempterna sæcula.

Blest day by suff'ring sanctified:
Christ's chosen high apostles died.
Today St. Peter wins renown.
Today St. Paul accepts the crown.

Together, equally, they bled:
Together: the victorious dead.
They followed God and sacrificed
And now their faith is crowned by Christ.

St. Peter holds the highest place,
Yet Paul is not the less by grace.
An equal faith was giv'n to Paul:
The chosen vessel of God's call.

St. Peter, downward crucified—
To honor God in how he died—
Securely tied, he sees unfold
The death his Shepherd once foretold.

On such foundations Rome may claim
The highest service of God's name.
His noble blood has dignified
The city where this prophet died.

Let all the world, then, run to Rome.
Let families of nations come!
The head of nations teaches there
Beside the nations' teacher's chair.

O Lord, we ask that we may be
In their exalted company,
And with our princes sing Your praise
Forever, to unending days.



READING     1 Peter 4:13 - 14
Beloved, if you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you.


PSALMODY


Ant. 1: Jesus said, + You are Peter the Rock / and on this rock I will build my church.

1
Be joyful in God, all you lands; *
     sing the glory of his Name;
     sing the glory of his praise.
2
Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! *
     because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you.
3
All the earth bows down before you, *
     sings to you, sings out your Name."
4
Come now and see the works of God, *
     how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.
5
He turned the sea into dry land,
so that they went through the water on foot, *
     and there we rejoiced in him.
6
In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; *
     let no rebel rise up against him.
7
Bless our God, you peoples; *
     make the voice of his praise to be heard;
8
Who holds our souls in life, *
     and will not allow our feet to slip.
9
For you, O God, have proved us; *
     you have tried us just as silver is tried.
10
You brought us into the snare; *
     you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11
You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; *
     but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

Ant. 1: Jesus said, + You are Peter the Rock / and on this rock I will build my church.

Ant. 2: I know + the one whom I have trusted and I am certain that he, the just judge, / has power to keep safe what he has entrusted to me until that day.
12
I will enter your house with burnt-offerings
and will pay you my vows, *
     which I promised with my lips
     and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
13
I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts
     with the smoke of rams; *
     I will give you oxen and goats.
14
Come and listen, all you who fear God, *
     and I will tell you what he has done for me.
15
I called out to him with my mouth, *
     and his praise was on my tongue.
16
If I had found evil in my heart, *
     the Lord would not have heard me;
17
But in truth God has heard me; *
     he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
18
Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, *
     nor withheld his love from me.

Ant. 2: I know + the one whom I have trusted and I am certain that he, the just judge, / has power to keep safe what he has entrusted to me until that day.


Ant. 3: God's grace in me + has not been without fruit; / it is always at work in me.
1
Praise the LORD, all you nations; *
     laud him, all you peoples.
2
For his loving-kindness toward us is great, *
     and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever.
     Hallelujah!
Ant. 3: God's grace in me + has not been without fruit; / it is always at work in me.

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.

First Reading

Ezekiel 2:1-7

He said to me: O son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, son of man, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, "Thus says the Lord GOD." Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

And you, O son of man, do not be afraid of them, and do not be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns surround you and you live among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words, and do not be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. You shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they are a rebellious house.


CANTICLE          Te Deum Laudamus

English:

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Latin:

Te deum laudamus
Te dominum confitemur.
Te æternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.
Tibi omnes angeli, tibi cæli: et universæ Potestates.
Tibi Cherubim incessabili voce proclamant:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra majestates gloriæ tuæ.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus.
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus.
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbum terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia.
Patrem immensæ majestatis:
Venerandum tuum, verum, et unicum Filium.
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriæ, Christe, tu Patris
sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna cælorum.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Judex crederis, esse venturus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis famulis subveni,
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.
Aeterna fac cum Sanctis
tuis in Gloria numerari.



Second Reading

Acts 11:1-18

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, ‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?’ When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, ‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’


Second Canticle
Benedictus

Antiphon:You that have stood firmly by me in times of trial, / will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

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:You that have stood firmly by me in times of trial, / will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Responsory
They gave up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They gave up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They went forth rejoicing because they have been found worthy to suffer insult,
for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
They gave up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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, be good to your Church.
You prayed that Peter’s faith should not fail:
  -  make strong the faith of your Church. (R.)
You appeared to Simon Peter after your resurrection, you revealed yourself to Saul:
  -  enlighten our minds and make us proclaim that you live. (R.)
You chose Paul to be an apostle, to bring your name to the Gentiles:
  -  make us true preachers of your Gospel. (R.)
In your mercy you ignored Peter’s denials of you:
  -  wipe out all our sins. (R.)

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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