Feast of the Holy Machabees
Introit • Acts 12, 11
Now I know in very deed, that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. Ps. 138, 1, 2. Lord, Thou hast proved me, and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Glory be …
O God, Who didst cause blessed Peter, the apostle, to depart, loosed from his chains and unhurt, loose, we beseech Thee, the chains of our sins, and graciously keep all evils far from us. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Paul the Apostle.
O God, Who didst teach the multitude of the gentiles by the preaching of blessed Paul the apostle, grant us, we beseech Thee, that we, who observe his commemoration, may experience the fruits of his patronal influence with Thee, Through our Lord.
Commemoration of the Holy Machabees
May the fruits of the fraternal crown of Thy martyrs, O Lord, make us joyful, both to afford our faith increase of virtues and to console us with their manifold prayers. Through our Lord.
Epistle • Acts 12, 1-11
Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles.
[Herod’s persecution. Peter’s deliverance by an angel. Herod’s punishment.]
In those days, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword. And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes. And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.
And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him: and a light shined in the room: and he striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said to him: Gird thyself, and put on thy sandals. And he did so. And he said to him: Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And going out, he followed him, and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street: and immediately the angel departed from him.
And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
Gradual • Ps. 44, 17, 18
Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord. Instead of Thy father, sons are born to Thee; therefore shall people praise Thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. Loose, O Peter, the chains of the world at the bidding of God, thou that doest cause the heavenly realms to open to the blessed. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 16, 13-19
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ refuses to shew the Pharisees a sign from heaven. Peter’s confession is rewarded. He is rebuked for opposing Christ’s passion. All his followers must deny themselves.]
At that time, And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is? But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
Offertory • Ps. 44, 17, 18
Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember Thy name, O Lord, throughout all generations.
May the sacrifice offered to Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of blessed Peter ever vivify and strengthen us. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St Paul the Apostle.
Sanctify the gifts of Thy people, O Lord, through the prayers of Paul, Thine apostle, that what is pleasing to Thee by Thine own ordinance may become the more pleasing by the patronal influence of his supplication.
Commemoration of the Holy Mahabees
May we devoutly deal with They mysteries, O Lord, for the honor of Thy holy martyrs, and by them may both protection and joy be increased unto us. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 16, 18,
Thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build My Church.
Filled with the sacrificial food of Thy sacred body and precious blood, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our God, that what we perform in pious devotion we may effectually obtain in assured redemption. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Paul
Having received Thy sacraments, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the intercession of blessed Paul Thine apostle, that what has been celebrated for his glory may profit unto our healing.
Commemoration of The Holy Machabees
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may more and more closely follow the faith of those whose memory we venerate in partaking of Thy sacrament. Through our Lord.