Office of Readings - Solemnity for Wednesday in the 1st week of Advent

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Office of Readings for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Faith of our Fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too as love knows how,
By kindly deeds and virtuous life.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our Fathers! faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then indeed be free.

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

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PSALMODY

Ant. 1 If you love me, Simon Peter, feed my sheep.

Psalm 19A
Praise of the Lord, Creator of all

The dawn from on high shall break on us… to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:78, 79).

The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
and night unto night makes known the message.

No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.

There he has placed a tent for the sun;
it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent,
rejoices like a champion to run its course.

At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun;
to the furthest end of the sky is its course.
There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. If you love me, Simon Peter, feed my sheep.

Ant. 2 For me life is Christ, and death is gain; I must glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 64
Prayer for help against enemies

This psalm commemorates most particularly our Lord’s passion (Saint Augustine).

Hear my voice, O God, as I complain,
guard my life from dread of the foe.
Hide me from the band of the wicked,
from the throng of those who do evil.

They sharpen their tongues like swords;
they aim bitter words like arrows
to shoot at the innocent from ambush,
shooting suddenly and recklessly.

They scheme their evil course;
they conspire to lay secret snares.
They say: “Who will see us?
Who can search out our crimes?”

He will search who searches the mind
and knows the depth of the heart.
God has shot them with his arrow
and dealt them sudden wounds.
Their own tongue has brought them to ruin
and all who see them mock.

Then will all men fear;
they will tell what God has done.
They will understand God’s deeds.
The just will rejoice in the Lord
and fly to him for refuge.
All the upright hearts will glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. For me life is Christ, and death is gain; I must glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ant. 3 Lord, if it is you, bid me walk across the waters.

Psalm 97
The glory of the Lord in his decrees for the world

This psalm foretells a world-wide salvation and that peoples of all nations will believe in Christ (St. Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
those who boast of their worthless gods.
All you spirits, worship him.

Zion hears and is glad;
the people of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord,
most high above all the earth,
exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil:
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.
Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy name.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Lord, if it is you, bid me walk across the waters.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

The word of the Lord lives for ever.
This is the good news that has been preached to you.

READINGS

First reading
From a letter of the apostle Paul to the Galatians
The discussion between Peter and Paul

The time came when he who had set me apart before I was born and called me by his favor chose to reveal his Son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning him. Immediately, without seeking human advisers or even going to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, I went off to Arabia; later I returned to Damascus. Three years after that I went up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, with whom I stayed fifteen days. I did not meet any other apostles except James, the brother of the Lord. I declare before God that what I have just written is true.

Thereafter I entered the regions of Syria and Cilicia. The communities of Christ in Judea had no idea what I looked like; they had only heard that “he who was formerly persecuting us is now preaching the faith he tried to destroy,” and they gave glory to God on my account.

Then, after fourteen years, I went up to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, this time taking Titus with me. I went prompted by a revelation, and I laid out for their scrutiny the gospel as I present it to the Gentiles—all this in private conference with the leaders, to make sure the course I was pursuing, or had pursued, was not useless. Not even Titus, who was with me, was ordered to undergo circumcision, despite his being a Greek.

Certain false claimants to the title of brother were smuggled in; they wormed their way into the group to spy on the freedom we enjoy in Christ Jesus and thereby to make slaves of us, but we did not submit to them for a moment. We resisted so that the truth of the gospel might survive intact for your benefit.

Those who were regarded as important, however (and it makes no difference to me how prominent they were—God plays no favorites), made me add nothing.

On the contrary, recognizing that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter as his apostle among the Jews had been at work in me for the Gentiles), and recognizing, too, the favor bestowed on me, those who were the acknowledged pillars, James, Cephas, and John, gave Barnabas and me the handclasp of fellowship, signifying that we should go to the Gentiles as they to the Jews. The only stipulation was that we should be mindful of the poor—the one thing that I was making every effort to do.

RESPONSORY Matthew 16:18-19

You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

Whatever you bind on earth will be held bound in heaven. Whatever you loose on earth will be held loosed in heaven.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

Second reading
From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop
The martyrs realized what they taught

This day has been made holy by the passion of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. We are, therefore, not talking about some obscure martyrs. For their voice has gone forth to all the world, and to the ends of the earth their message. These martyrs realized what they taught: they pursued justice, they confessed the truth, they died for it.

Saint Peter, the first of the apostles and a fervent lover of Christ, merited to hear these words: I say to you that you are Peter, for he had said: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Christ said: And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church. On this rock I will build the faith that you now confess, and on your words: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, I will build my Church. For you are Peter, and the name Peter comes from petra, the word for “rock,” and not vice versa. “Peter” comes, therefore, from petra, just as “Christian” comes from Christ.

As you are aware, Jesus chose his disciples before his passion and called them apostles; and among these almost everywhere Peter alone deserved to represent the entire Church. And because of that role which he alone had, he merited to hear the words: To you I shall give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. For it was not one man who received the keys, but the entire Church considered as one. Now insofar as he represented the unity and universality of the Church, Peter’s preeminence is clear from the words: To you I give, for what was given was given to all. For the fact that it was the Church that received the keys of the kingdom of God is clear from what the Lord says elsewhere to all the apostles: Receive the Holy Spirit, adding immediately, whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, and whose sins you retain, they are retained.

Rightly then did the Lord after his resurrection entrust Peter with the feeding of his sheep. Yet he was not the only disciple to merit the feeding of the Lord’s sheep; but Christ in speaking only to one suggests the unity of all; and so he speaks to Peter, because Peter is first among the apostles. Therefore do not be disheartened, Peter; reply once, reply twice, reply a third time. The triple confession of your love is to regain what was lost three times by your fear. You must loose three times what you bound three times; untie by love that which your fear bound. Once, and again, and a third time did the Lord entrust his sheep to Peter.

Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching and their confession of faith.

RESPONSORY

Blessed apostle Paul, preacher of the truth and teacher of the Gentiles,
you are truly worthy of praise.

Through you all peoples have come to know God’s grace.
You are truly worthy of praise.

TE DEUM

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 spurn 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.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

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 office,
so through them you may help her to eternal salvation.
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.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2021 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

21 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Solemnity

  1. May your name be praised Lord for the gift o’s Saints Peter and Paul. May they continue to pray for us and the entire Church. For all those Peter and Paul happy feast day to you all.

  2. Praise the living God who gave us such glorious saints to bring the truth to the world through our Popes. And happy birthday to Pope Benedict.

  3. We thank you Lord for the gift of Saint Peter and Paul to the Catholic Church and also for the important role they played for us. Give us the grace to follow their foot steps in our lifetime Amen.

  4. Jesus said to Simon Peter. . . . “feed my lambs. . . Tend my sheep.” —-Jn 21:15-16
    Reflection. Where Peter is there is the church. Where the church is there is Jesus Christ.
    Where Jesus Christ is, there is eternal salvation.—-St. Ambrose
    Prayer. Lord Jesus, You left us Your Church and your Vicar the Pope to ensure our contact with You. Let me always cling to Your Church and follow its teachings with all my heart.

  5. May the Lord Bless everyone. Great devotion in the About Today. May everyone be devoted to Sts. Peter and Paul and seek their intercession. Thankful that there will be a Eucharistic Congress to day in my diocese of Birmingham. Thank you Lord.

  6. Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for these faithful witnesses to your glorious work on earth; may you bless those who carry on the work of the Apostles Peter and Paul and may we today be inspired by their example and imitate their inspired teachings and witness.

  7. Alice T. Arce on June 29, 2018 said:

    Love, Praise & Thanksgiving to our Lord God and Mother Mary forever. Please keep us all in Thy loving embrace and protection and bring us all to heaven. Amen.
    Love always.

    Reply

  8. Start your day with the Morning Offering so that everything that you do will be offered with Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. May we all be one, the body of Christ and light up the world to burn away everything that does not please our Father. Sts Peter and Paul pray for us.

  9. The “About Today” was a wonderful reminder to all of us that the Lord is calling each of us in a different way – to minister to different groups of people. Even Peter and Paul had different missions and they certainly had their differences with each other, However, they found a way to work together because of their devotion to the one Lord of us all.

  10. I love starting my day praying with you!!!! I am always especially blessed when we sing the Te Deum! Thank you for making this available to us! May God bless you richly!

  11. I start each day with the daily meditation of The. Word Among Us and then pray the Office. What a great way to start the day!!

  12. Bless everyone who is involved in this community thank you for praying with pray for daughter Natalie she is not well I love to sing with you I.m so happy to be part of it xxx

  13. Lord Jesus..have mercy on me a sinner……I love St. Peter…I want to love Jesus as he loved Jesus with all my heart and soul.
    The readings are so perfect today. Thank you for sharing the Divine Office with us.

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