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Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Feb 22)

Chair of St. Peter

Introit • Eccles. 45, 30

The Lord made to him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince; that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. Ps. 131, 1. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who committing to blessed Peter, Thine apostle, the keys of the heavenly kingdom, didst bestow on him the pontifical function of binding and loosing, grant that, by the help of his intercession, we may be delivered from the bonds of our sins. Who livest.

Commemoration of St. Paul.

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who by the preaching of the blessed apostle Paul didst teach the multitude of the gentiles, grant us, we pray Thee, that, honoring his commemoration, we may experience the benefit of his patronal influence with Thee. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 Pet. 1, 1-7

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle.

[He gives thanks to God for the benefit of our being called to the true faith and to eternal life, into which we are to enter by many tribulations. He exhorts to holiness of life, considering the holiness of God and our redemption by the blood of Christ.]

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect, According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that can not fade, reserved in heaven for you, Who, by the power of God, are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein you shall greatly rejoice, if now you must be for a little time made sorrowful in divers temptations: That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honour at the appearing of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gradual • Ps. 106, 32, 31

Let them exalt him in the church of the people; and praise him in the chair of the ancients. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him; and his wonderful works to the children of men.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Matt. 16, 18. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. 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 • Matt. 16, 18, 19

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.

Secret

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that the prayer of the blessed apostle Peter may commend the sacrifices and supplications of Thy Church, so that the celebration we hold for his glory may profit for our pardon. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Paul.

Secret

Sanctity, O lord, the offerings of Thy people by the prayer of Thine apostle Paul, that those things which are pleasing to Thee by Thine own institution may become the more pleasing by the favor of his intercession. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 16, 18

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.

Postcommunion

Let the gift we offer bring us joy, O Lord, that, as we declare Thee wonderful in Thine apostle Peter, so through him we may share the generosity of Thy forgiveness. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Paul.

Postcommunion

Sanctified by the mystery of salvation, O Lord, we pray that his prayer may fail us not, by whose patronage Thou hast granted us to be governed. Through our Lord.

 

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