Very Apt Prayers and Readings in the Liturgy of the Solemnity of PETER AND PAUL June 29 Mass During the Day

PETER AND PAUL Solemnity June 29 Mass During the Day

O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul
give us the noble and holy joy of this day,
grant, we pray, that your Church
may in all things follow the teaching
of those through whom she received
the beginnings of right religion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING Acts 12:1-11
In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.
He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,
and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews
he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
–It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–
He had him taken into custody and put in prison
under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.
He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.
Peter thus was being kept in prison,
but prayer by the Church was fervently being made
to God on his behalf.
Then Peter recovered his senses and said,
“Now I know for certain
that the Lord sent his angel
and rescued me from the hand of Herod
and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps. 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

SECOND READING 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18
I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.

From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

The Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

ALLELUIA Matt. 16:18
Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam, et portae inferi non prevalebunt adversus eam.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail again it.

GOSPEL Mt 16:13-19
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter said in reply,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven.
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

PREFACE The twofold mission of Peter and Paul in the Church

For by your providence
the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul bring us joy:
Peter, foremost in confessing the faith,
Paul, its outstanding preacher,
Peter, who established the early Church from the remnant of Israel,
Paul, master and teacher of the Gentiles that you call.

Grant us, O Lord,
who have been renewed by this Sacrament,
so to live in the Church,
that, persevering in the breaking of the Bread
and in the teaching of the Apostles,
we may be one heart and one soul,
made steadfast in your love.
Through Christ our Lord.

May almighty God bless you,
for he has made you steadfast in Saint Peter’s saving confession
and through it has set you on the solid rock of the Church’s faith.
R. Amen.

And having instructed you
by the tireless preaching of Saint Paul,
may God teach you constantly by his example
to win brothers and sisters for Christ.
R. Amen.


June 29: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles


Peter (d. 64?). St. Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.

The New Testament clearly shows Peter as the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of a dead child to life and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles.

And to Peter only did Jesus say, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the nether world shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:17b-19).

But the Gospels prove their own trustworthiness by the unflattering details they include about Peter. He clearly had no public relations person. It is a great comfort for ordinary mortals to know that Peter also has his human weakness, even in the presence of Jesus.

He generously gave up all things, yet he can ask in childish self-regard, “What are we going to get for all this?” (see Matthew 19:27). He receives the full force of Christ’s anger when he objects to the idea of a suffering Messiah: “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do” (Matthew 16:23b).

Peter is willing to accept Jesus’ doctrine of forgiveness, but suggests a limit of seven times. He walks on the water in faith, but sinks in doubt. He refuses to let Jesus wash his feet, then wants his whole body cleansed. He swears at the Last Supper that he will never deny Jesus, and then swears to a servant maid that he has never known the man. He loyally resists the first attempt to arrest Jesus by cutting off Malchus’s ear, but in the end he runs away with the others. In the depth of his sorrow, Jesus looks on him and forgives him, and he goes out and sheds bitter tears. The Risen Jesus told Peter to feed his lambs and his sheep (John 21:15-17).

Paul (d. 64?). If the most well-known preacher today suddenly began preaching that the United States should adopt Marxism and not rely on the Constitution, the angry reaction would help us understand Paul’s life when he started preaching that Christ alone can save us. He had been the most Pharisaic of Pharisees, the most legalistic of Mosaic lawyers. Now he suddenly appears to other Jews as a heretical welcomer of Gentiles, a traitor and apostate.

Paul’s central conviction was simple and absolute: Only God can save humanity. No human effort—even the most scrupulous observance of law—can create a human good which we can bring to God as reparation for sin and payment for grace. To be saved from itself, from sin, from the devil and from death, humanity must open itself completely to the saving power of Jesus.
Paul never lost his love for his Jewish family, though he carried on a lifelong debate with them about the uselessness of the Law without Christ. He reminded the Gentiles that they were grafted on the parent stock of the Jews, who were still God’s chosen people, the children of the promise.

In light of his preaching and teaching skills, Paul’s name has surfaced (among others) as a possible patron of the Internet.

– iBreviary – Sts. Peter and Paul

SS. Peter and Paul.
Pray for the Pope and pray for us.

Further Reference

“Saint Peter the Apostle“. CatholicSaints.Info. Wed, 29 June 2016.
“Saint Paul the Apostle“. CatholicSaints.Info. Wed, 29 June 2016.
The Saints > June 29 Peter and Paul |

A Letter from the Superior General by Fr. John Berg, FSSP, June 26, 2012

Una riflessione su san Pietro, il primo Vicario di Cristo pentimento san Pietro di Cristina Siccardi 22 giugno 2016 | Corrispondenza Romana

Una riflessione su san Pietro, il primo Vicario di Cristo pentimento san Pietro di Cristina Siccardi 22 giugno 2016 | Corrispondenza Romana

Simon Pietro è colui che prende la spada per tagliare l’orecchio del servo del sommo sacerdote, ma Cristo lo rimprovera: «Rimetti la tua spada nel fodero; non devo forse bere il calice che il Padre mi ha dato?» (Gv 18, 11). Cefa, di propria iniziativa, pensa di agire per il bene, ma questo non è il ruolo della Chiesa perché essa è tenuta a servire soltanto la volontà di Dio per la sua Gloria e per il bene delle anime.

[English Speaking] Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe on #AmorisLaetitia

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Background on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, 08/04/2016 10:00 am
Resolution on the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’, 15/04/2016 10:33 am
Q & A: Amoris Laetitia
Summary: Amoris Laetitia
CBCEW > CBCEW Home > About Us > The Pope > The Joy of Love

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Bishop Denis Nulty welcomes publication of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)
Bishop Kevin Doran welcomes Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’
Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the publication of Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family

[English Speaking] Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Africa on #AmorisLaetitia

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Pope Francis on building the family. 15 April 2016

Pope Francis still affirms the Catholic Church’s teaching on Family Life and Marriage,” the Catholic Bishops declare. By Fr Paul Tatu

Uganda Episcopal Conference

– Post-Synodal Apostolic Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” The Joy of Love [Update 8/25/2016: Article can no longer be found]

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)
The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC)

Pastoral letter: The Family in Zimbabwe in the light of Amoris Laetitia | Vatican Radio

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC)

Ghana’s Bishops on Amoris Laetitia and nation’s family life

Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Oceania on #AmorisLaetitia

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE:  “The Joy of Love” Pope Francis between the ideal and the real, Media release, 8 April 2016

The Joy of Love: Pope Francis sets out a human journey By Archbishop Mark Coleridge


– Cf. Apostolic Exhortation (papal document)

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference – the national body for the bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealanders welcome Pope’s document on Marriage & the family

North America Conferences of Catholic Bishops on #AmorisLaetitia

Conférence des Evêques Catholiques du Canada / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishops of Canada welcome Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Friday, April 08 2016
Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” is welcomed throughout Canada, Wednesday, April 13 2016

United States Catholic Conference of Bishop

Pope Francis’s Love Letter Invites Deeper Reflection on the Beauty of Marriage and Christ’s Teaching, USCCB President Says, April 8, 2016

– Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation On Love In The Family Welcomed By USCCB Family Life Committee Chairman, April 7, 2016

– USCCB President: Amoris Laetitia, A Tremendous Gift For Church And Families In The U.S., September 27, 2016

– Report on Reception and Implementation of Amoris Laetitia in the United States September 2016

Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM)

Amoris Laetitia de Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez Obispo de Tehuacán, 2016-Abril-27

Le vicariat apostolique des îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon/Vicariate Apostolic of Iles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

L’ Exhortation Apoatolique du Pape François, Vendredi, 15 Avril 2016

2. Qu’en est-il de la communion aux divorcés remariés ?
Dans l’exhortation, le Pape souligne que chaque cas est unique et mérite une attention personnelle et rigoureuse. Les divorcés et les couples remariés qui vivent ensembles sont invités à entamer un dialogue à l’église avec un prêtre et un évêque. Le but premier est de prendre conscience du cas par cas.

5. Est-ce que cela signifie qu’il y a des changements dans la doctrine ?
La tradition de l’Église ne change pas. Elle a l’intention de présenter la vérité et la charité de l’Évangile. Jésus a toujours instauré la miséricorde avec les personnes qu’il rencontrait, Il partageait son repas avec les pécheurs.

Cf. Quotes from leaders, observers on papal exhortation – Bishops, Catholic organizations share thoughts on pope’s “The Joy of Love” document