Universalis
Monday 29 June 2015    (other days)
Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
Solemnity

Office of Readings

If you have already recited the Invitatory Psalm today, you should use the alternative opening.


Dómine, lábia mea apéries.
  Et os meum annuntiábit laudem tuam.
Lord, open our lips.
  And we shall praise your name.
Psalmus 94 (95)
Adhortamini vosmetipsos per singulos dies, donec illud «hodie» vocatur” (Hebr 3, 13).
Regem Apostolórum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.
(repeat antiphon*)
1Veníte, exsultémus Dómino;
  iubilémus Deo salutári nostro.
2Præoccupémus fáciem eius in confessióne
  et in psalmis iubilémus ei.
(repeat antiphon*)
3Quóniam Deus magnus Dóminus
  et rex magnus super omnes deos.
4Quia in manu eius sunt profúnda terræ,
  et altitúdines móntium ipsíus sunt.
5Quóniam ipsíus est mare, et ipse fecit illud,
  et siccam manus eius formavérunt.
(repeat antiphon*)
6Veníte, adorémus et procidámus
  et génua flectámus ante Dóminum, qui fecit nos,
7quia ipse est Deus noster,
  et nos pópulus páscuæ eius et oves manus eius.
(repeat antiphon*)
8Utinam hódie vocem eius audiátis:
  «Nolíte obduráre corda vestra,
9sicut in Meríba secúndum diem Massa in desérto,
  ubi tentavérunt me patres vestri:
  probavérunt me, etsi vidérunt ópera mea.
(repeat antiphon*)
10Quadragínta annis tæduit me generatiónis illíus,
  et dixi: Pópulus errántium corde sunt isti.
11Et ipsi non cognovérunt vias meas;
  ídeo iurávi in ira mea:
  Non introíbunt in réquiem meam».
(repeat antiphon*)
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Regem Apostolórum Dóminum, veníte, adorémus.*
Invitatory PsalmPsalm 94 (95)
The Lord is the king of apostles; come, let us adore him.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord,
  let us acclaim God our salvation.
Let us come before him proclaiming our thanks,
  let us acclaim him with songs.
(repeat antiphon*)
For the Lord is a great God,
  a king above all gods.
For he holds the depths of the earth in his hands,
  and the peaks of the mountains are his.
For the sea is his: he made it;
  and his hands formed the dry land.
(repeat antiphon*)
Come, let us worship and bow down,
  bend the knee before the Lord who made us;
for he himself is our God and we are his flock,
  the sheep that follow his hand.
(repeat antiphon*)
If only, today, you would listen to his voice:
  “Do not harden your hearts
  as you did at Meribah,
on the day of Massah in the desert,
  when your fathers tested me –
they put me to the test,
  although they had seen my works.”
(repeat antiphon*)
“For forty years they wearied me,
  that generation.
I said: their hearts are wandering,
  they do not know my paths.
I swore in my anger:
  they will never enter my place of rest.”
(repeat antiphon*)
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.
The Lord is the king of apostles; come, let us adore him.*

* If you are reciting this on your own, you can choose to say the antiphon once only at the start of the psalm and not repeat it.


Hymnus
Felix per omnes festum mundi cárdines
apostolórum præpóllet alácriter,
Petri beáti, Pauli sacratíssimi,
quos Christus almo consecrávit sánguine,
ecclesiárum deputávit príncipes.
Hi sunt olívæ duæ coram Dómino
et candelábra luce radiántia,
præclára cæli duo luminária;
fórtia solvunt peccatórum víncula
portásque cæli réserant fidélibus.
Glória Patri per imménsa sǽcula,
sit tibi, Nate, decus et impérium,
honor, potéstas Sanctóque Spirítui;
sit Trinitáti salus indivídua
per infiníta sæculórum sǽcula. Amen.
Hymn
O God of truth, prepare our minds
To hear and heed your holy word;
Fill every heart that longs for you
With your mysterious presence, Lord.
Almighty Father, with your Son
And blessed Spirit, hear our prayer:
Teach us to love eternal truth
And seek its freedom everywhere.
Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal

Ps 18:2-7
Laus Domini rerum conditoris
Visitavit nos Oriens ex alto... ad dirigendos pedes nostros in viam pacis” (Lc 1, 78. 79).
Si díligis me, Simon Petre, pasce oves meas.
2Cæli enárrant glóriam Dei, *
  et ópera mánuum eius annúntiat firmaméntum.
3Dies diéi erúctat verbum, *
  et nox nocti índicat sciéntiam.
4Non sunt loquélæ neque sermónes, *
  quorum non intellegántur voces:
5in omnem terram exívit sonus eórum, *
  et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum.
6Soli pósuit tabernáculum in eis, †
  et ipse tamquam sponsus procédens de thálamo suo, *
  exsultávit ut gigas ad curréndam viam.
7A fínibus cælórum egréssio eius, †
  et occúrsus eius usque ad fines eórum, *
  nec est quod se abscóndat a calóre eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Si díligis me, Simon Petre, pasce oves meas.
Psalm 18 (19)
Praise of God the creator
Simon Peter, if you love me, feed my sheep.
The skies tell the story of the glory of God,
  the firmament proclaims the work of his hands;
day pours out the news to day,
  night passes to night the knowledge.
Not a speech, not a word,
  not a voice goes unheard.
Their sound is spread throughout the earth,
  their message to all the corners of the world.
At the ends of the earth he has set up
  a dwelling place for the sun.
Like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
  it rejoices like an athlete at the race to be run.
It appears at the edge of the sky,
  runs its course to the sky’s furthest edge.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
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.
Simon Peter, if you love me, feed my sheep.

Ps 63:2-11
Contra hostes oratio
Maxime Domini passio commendatur in hoc psalmo” (S. Augustinus).
Mihi vívere Christus est et mori lucrum: gloriári me opórtet in cruce Dómini nostri Iesu Christi.
2Exáudi, Deus, vocem meam in meditatióne mea;*
  a timóre inimíci custódi ánimam meam.
3Prótege me a convéntu malignántium,*
  a multitúdine operántium iniquitátem.
4Qui exacuérunt ut gládium linguas suas,†
  intendérunt sagíttas suas, venéfica verba*
  5ut sagíttent in occúltis immaculátum.
Súbito sagittábunt eum et non timébunt,*
  6firmavérunt sibi consílium nequam.
Disputavérunt, ut abscónderent láqueos,*
  dixérunt: «Quis vidébit eos?».
7Excogitavérunt iníqua,†
  perfecérunt excogitáta consília.*
  Interióra hóminis et cor eius abýssus.
8Et sagittávit illos Deus;†
  súbito factæ sunt plagæ eórum,*
  9et infirmávit eos lingua eórum.
Caput movébunt omnes, qui vidébunt eos,*
  10et timébit omnis homo;
et annuntiábunt ópera Dei*
  et facta eius intéllegent.
11Lætábitur iustus in Dómino et sperábit in eo,*
  et gloriabúntur omnes recti corde.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Mihi vívere Christus est et mori lucrum: gloriári me opórtet in cruce Dómini nostri Iesu Christi.
Psalm 63 (64)
A prayer against enemies
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain: I must glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen, O God, to my voice;
  keep me safe from fear of the enemy.
Protect me from the alliances of the wicked,
  from the crowd of those who do evil.
They have sharpened their tongues like swords,
  aimed poisonous words like arrows,
  to shoot at the innocent in secret.
They will attack without warning, without fear,
  for they are firm in their evil purpose.
They have set out to hide their snares
 – for they say, “Who will see us?”
They have thought out plans to commit wicked deeds,
  and they carry out what they have planned.
Truly the heart and soul of a man
  are bottomless depths.
And God has shot them with his arrow:
  in a moment, they are wounded –
  their own tongues have brought them low.
All who see them will shake their heads;
  all will behold them with fear
and proclaim the workings of God
  and understand what he has done.
The just will rejoice and hope in the Lord:
  the upright in heart will give him glory.
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.
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain: I must glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ps 96:1-12
Gloria Domini in iudicio
Hic psalmus salutem mundi significat et fidem omnium gentium in ipsum” (S. Athanasius).
Dómine, si tu es, iube me veníre ad te super aquas.
1Dóminus regnávit! Exsúltet terra,*
  læténtur ínsulæ multæ.
2Nubes et calígo in circúitu eius,*
  iustítia et iudícium firmaméntum sedis eius.
3Ignis ante ipsum præcédet*
  et inflammábit in circúitu inimícos eius.
4Illustrárunt fúlgura eius orbem terræ:*
  vidit et contrémuit terra.
5Montes sicut cera fluxérunt a fácie Dómini,*
  a fácie Dómini omnis terra.
6Annuntiavérunt cæli iustítiam eius,*
  et vidérunt omnes pópuli glóriam eius.
7Confundántur omnes, qui adórant sculptília†
  et qui gloriántur in simulácris suis.*
  Adoráte eum, omnes ángeli eius.
8Audívit et lætáta est Sion,†
  et exsultavérunt fíliæ Iudæ*
  propter iudícia tua, Dómine.
9Quóniam tu Dóminus, Altíssimus super omnem terram,*
  nimis exaltátus es super omnes deos.
10Qui dilígitis Dóminum, odíte malum;†
  custódit ipse ánimas sanctórum suórum,*
  de manu peccatóris liberábit eos.
11Lux orta est iusto,*
  et rectis corde lætítia.
12Lætámini, iusti, in Dómino*
  et confitémini memóriæ sanctitátis eius.
Glória Patri et Fílio*
  et Spirítui Sancto.
Sicut erat in princípio et nunc et semper*
  et in sǽcula sæculórum.
Amen.
Dómine, si tu es, iube me veníre ad te super aquas.
Psalm 96 (97)
The glory of God in his judgements
Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you over the waters.
The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice,
  let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and dark mist surround him,
  his throne is founded on law and justice.
Fire precedes him,
  burning up his enemies all around.
His lightnings light up the globe;
  the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains flow like wax at the sight of the Lord,
  at the sight of the Lord the earth dissolves.
The heavens proclaim his justice
  and all peoples see his glory.
Let them be dismayed, who worship carved things,
  who take pride in the images they make.
All his angels, worship him.
Zion heard and was glad,
  the daughters of Judah rejoiced
  because of your judgements, O Lord.
For you are the Lord, the Most High over all the earth,
  far above all other gods.
You who love the Lord, hate evil!
The Lord protects the lives of his consecrated ones:
  he will free them from the hands of sinners.
A light has arisen for the just,
  and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord
  and proclaim his holiness.
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.
Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you over the waters.

℣. Verbum Dómini manet in ætérnum.
℟. Hoc est, quod evangelizátum est in vos.
The word of the Lord endures.
This is the word that was preached to you.

Lectio prior
De Epístola beáti Pauli apóstoli ad Gálatas 1, 15—2, 10
Conversatio Petri et Pauli
Fratres: 1,15Cum plácuit Deo, qui me segregávit de útero matris meæ et vocávit per grátiam suam, 16ut reveláret Fílium suum in me, ut evangelizárem illum in géntibus, contínuo non cóntuli cum carne et sánguine 17neque ascéndi Hierosólymam ad antecessóres meos apóstolos, sed ábii in Arábiam et íterum revérsus sum Damáscum.
  18Deínde post annos tres ascéndi Hierosólymam vidére Cepham et mansi apud eum diébus quíndecim; 19álium autem apostolórum non vidi nisi Iacóbum fratrem Dómini. 20Quæ autem scribo vobis, ecce coram Deo quia non méntior. 21Deínde veni in partes Sýriæ et Cilíciæ. 22Eram autem ignótus fácie ecclésiis Iudǽæ, quæ sunt in Christo, 23tantum autem audítum habébant: «Qui persequebátur nos aliquándo, nunc evangelízat fidem, quam aliquándo expugnábat», 24et in me glorificábant Deum.
  2,1Deínde post annos quattuórdecim íterum ascéndi Hierosólymam cum Bárnaba, assúmpto et Tito; 2ascéndi autem secúndum revelatiónem; et cóntuli cum illis evangélium, quod prǽdico in géntibus, seórsum autem his, qui observabántur, ne forte in vácuum cúrrerem aut cucurríssem. 3Sed neque Titus, qui mecum erat, cum esset Græcus, compúlsus est circumcídi. 4Sed propter subintrodúctos falsos fratres, qui subintroiérunt exploráre libertátem nostram, quam habémus in Christo Iesu, ut nos in servitútem redígerent; 5quibus neque ad horam céssimus subiciéntes nos, ut véritas evangélii permáneat apud vos.
  6Ab his autem, qui videbántur esse áliquid —quales aliquándo fúerint, nihil mea ínterest; Deus persónam hóminis non áccipit— mihi enim, qui observabántur, nihil contulérunt, 7sed e contra, cum vidíssent quod créditum est mihi evangélium præpútii, sicut Petro circumcisiónis 8—qui enim operátus est Petro in apostolátum circumcisiónis operátus est et mihi inter gentes— 9et cum cognovíssent grátiam, quæ data est mihi, Iacóbus et Cephas et Ioánnes, qui videbántur colúmnæ esse, déxteras dedérunt mihi et Bárnabæ communiónis, ut nos in gentes, ipsi autem in circumcisiónem; 10tantum ut páuperum mémores essémus, quod étiam sollícitus fui hoc ipsum fácere.
First Reading
Galatians 1:15-2:10 ©
God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans. I did not stop to discuss this with any human being, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were already apostles before me, but I went off to Arabia at once and later went straight back from there to Damascus. Even when after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days, I did not see any of the other apostles; I only saw James, the brother of the Lord, and I swear before God that what I have just written is the literal truth. After that I went to Syria and Cilicia, and was still not known by sight to the churches of Christ in Judaea, who had heard nothing except that their one-time persecutor was now preaching the faith he had previously tried to destroy; and they gave glory to God for me.
  It was not till fourteen years had passed that I went up to Jerusalem again. I went with Barnabas and took Titus with me. I went there as the result of a revelation, and privately I laid before the leading men the Good News as I proclaim it among the pagans; I did so for fear the course I was adopting or had already adopted would not be allowed. And what happened? Even though Titus who had come with me is a Greek, he was not obliged to be circumcised. The question came up only because some who do not really belong to the brotherhood have furtively crept in to spy on the liberty we enjoy in Christ Jesus, and want to reduce us all to slavery. I was so determined to safeguard for you the true meaning of the Good News, that I refused even out of deference to yield to such people for one moment. As a result, these people who are acknowledged leaders – not that their importance matters to me, since God has no favourites – these leaders, as I say, had nothing to add to the Good News as I preach it. On the contrary, they recognised that I had been commissioned to preach the Good News to the uncircumcised just as Peter had been commissioned to preach it to the circumcised. The same person whose action had made Peter the apostle of the circumcised had given me a similar mission to the pagans. So, James, Cephas and John, these leaders, these pillars, shook hands with Barnabas and me as a sign of partnership: we were to go to the pagans and they to the circumcised. The only thing they insisted on was that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious to do.
ResponsoriumMt 16, 18-19
℟. Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam et portæ ínferi non prævalébunt advérsus eam;* Et tibi dabo claves regni cælórum.
℣. Quodcúmque ligáveris super terram, erit ligátum in cælis; et quodcúmque sólveris super terram, erit solútum in cælis.* Et tibi.
Responsory
You are Peter, and it is upon this rock that I shall build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, and I will give to you the keys of 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, and I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

Lectio altera
Ex Sermónibus sancti Augustíni epíscopi (Sermo 295, 1-2. 4. 7-8: PL 38, 1348-1352)
Isti martyres viderunt quod prædicaverunt
Istum nobis diem beatissimórum apostolórum Petri et Pauli pássio consecrávit. Non de obscúris alíquibus martýribus lóquimur. In omnem terram éxiit sonus eórum, et in fines orbis terræ verba eórum. Isti mártyres vidérunt quod prædicavérunt, secúti æquitátem, confiténdo veritátem, moriéndo pro veritáte.
  Beátus Petrus, primus Apostolórum, véhemens Christi amátor, qui méruit audíre: Et ego dico tibi quia tu es Petrus. Díxerat enim ipse: Tu es Christus Fílius Dei vivi. Christus illi: Et ego dico tibi quia tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam. Super hanc petram ædificábo fidem, quam confitéris. Super hoc quod dixísti: Tu es Christus Fílius Dei vivi, ædificábo Ecclésiam meam. Tu enim Petrus. A petra Petrus, non a Petro petra. Sic a petra Petrus, quómodo a Christo christiánus.
  Dóminus Iesus discípulos suos ante passiónem suam, sicut nostis, elégit, quos Apóstolos appellávit. Inter hos pæne ubíque solus Petrus totíus Ecclésiæ méruit gestáre persónam. Propter ipsam persónam, quam totíus Ecclésiæ solus gestábat, audíre méruit: Tibi dabo claves regni cælórum. Has enim claves non homo unus, sed únitas accépit Ecclésiæ. Hinc ergo Petri excelléntia prædicátur, quia ipsíus universitátis et unitátis Ecclésiæ figúram gessit, quando ei dictum est: Tibi trado, quod ómnibus tráditum est. Nam ut novéritis Ecclésiam accepísse claves regni cælórum, audíte in álio loco quid Dóminus dicat ómnibus Apóstolis suis: Accípite Spíritum sanctum. Et contínuo: Si cui dimiséritis peccáta, dimitténtur ei; si cuius tenuéritis, tenebúntur.
  Mérito étiam post resurrectiónem Dóminus ipsi Petro oves suas commendávit pascéndas. Non enim inter discípulos solus méruit páscere domínicas oves; sed quando Christus ad unum lóquitur, únitas commendátur; et Petro prímitus, quia in Apóstolis Petrus est primus. Noli tristis esse, Apóstole; respónde semel, respónde íterum, respónde tértio. Ter vincat in amóre conféssio, quia ter victa est in timóre præsúmptio. Solvéndum est ter, quod ligáveras ter. Solve per amórem, quod ligáveras per timórem. Et tamen Dóminus semel et íterum et tértio oves suas commendávit Petro.
  Unus dies passiónis duóbus apóstolis. Sed et illi duo unum erant; quamquam divérsis diébus pateréntur, unum erant. Præcéssit Petrus, secútus est Paulus. Celebrámus diem festum apostolórum nobis sánguine consecrátum. Amémus fidem, vitam, labóres, passiónes, confessiónes, prædicatiónes.
Second Reading
From a sermon by Saint Augustine
The martyrs had seen what they proclaimed
This day has been consecrated for us by the martyrdom of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. It is not some obscure martyrs we are talking about. Their sound has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. These martyrs had seen what they proclaimed, they pursued justice by confessing the truth, by dying for the truth.
  The blessed Peter, the first of the Apostles, the ardent lover of Christ, who was found worthy to hear, And I say to you, that you are Peter. He himself, you see, had just said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Christ said to him, And I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church. Upon this rock I will build the faith you have just confessed. Upon your words, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, I will build my Church; because you are Peter. Peter comes from petra, meaning a rock. Peter, “Rocky,” from “rock”; not “rock” from “Rocky.” Peter comes from the word for a rock in exactly the same way as the name Christian comes from Christ.
  Before his passion the Lord Jesus, as you know, chose those disciples of his whom he called apostles. Among these it was only Peter who almost everywhere was given the privilege of representing the whole Church. It was in the person of the whole Church, which he alone represented, that he was privileged to hear, To you will I give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. After all, it is not just one man that received these keys, but the Church in its unity. So this is the reason for Peter’s acknowledged pre-eminence, that he stood for the Church’s universality and unity, when he was told, To you I am entrusting, what has in fact been entrusted to all. To show you that it is the Church which has received the keys of the kingdom of heaven, listen to what the Lord says in another place to all his apostles: Receive the Holy Spirit; and immediately afterwards, Whose sins you forgive, they will be forgiven them; whose sins you retain, they will be retained.
  Quite rightly, too, did the Lord after his resurrection entrust his sheep to Peter to be fed. It is not, you see, that he alone among the disciples was fit to feed the Lord’s sheep; but when Christ speaks to one man, unity is being commended to us. And he first speaks to Peter, because Peter is the first among the apostles. Do not be sad, Apostle. Answer once, answer again, answer a third time. Let confession conquer three times with love, because self-assurance was conquered three times by fear. What you had bound three times must be loosed three times. Loose through love what you had bound through fear. And for all that, the Lord once, and again, and a third time, entrusted his sheep to Peter.
  There is one day for the passion of two apostles. But these two also were as one; although they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, Paul followed. We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles. Let us love their faith, their lives, their labours, their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching.
Responsorium
℟. Sancte Paule apóstole, prædicátor veritátis et doctor géntium,* Vere digne es glorificándus.
℣. Per te omnes gentes cognovérunt grátiam Dei.* Vere.
Responsory
O Paul, teacher of truth and apostle of the Gentiles, you are truly worthy of honour.
Through you, all nations have known the grace of God: you are truly worthy of honour.

Hymnus
Te Deum laudámus:* te Dóminum confitémur.
Te ætérnum Patrem,* omnis terra venerátur.
Tibi omnes ángeli,*
  tibi cæli et univérsæ potestátes:
tibi chérubim et séraphim*
  incessábili voce proclámant:
Sanctus,* Sanctus,* Sanctus*
  Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra* maiestátis glóriæ tuæ.
Te gloriósus* Apostolórum chorus,
te prophetárum* laudábilis númerus,
te mártyrum candidátus* laudat exércitus.
Te per orbem terrárum*
  sancta confitétur Ecclésia,
Patrem* imménsæ maiestátis;
venerándum tuum verum* et únicum Fílium;
Sanctum quoque* Paráclitum Spíritum.
Tu rex glóriæ,* Christe.
Tu Patris* sempitérnus es Fílius.
Tu, ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem,*
  non horruísti Vírginis úterum.
Tu, devícto mortis acúleo,*
  aperuísti credéntibus regna cælórum.
Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes,* in glória Patris.
Iudex créderis* esse ventúrus.
Te ergo quæsumus, tuis fámulis súbveni,*
  quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.
Ætérna fac cum sanctis tuis* in glória numerári.
Haec ultima pars hymni ad libitum omitti potest:
Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine,*
  et bénedic hereditáti tuæ.
Et rege eos,* et extólle illos usque in ætérnum.
Per síngulos dies* benedícimus te;
et laudámus nomen tuum in sæculum,*
  et in sæculum sæculi.
Dignáre, Dómine, die isto*
sine peccáto nos custodíre.
Miserére nostri, Dómine,* miserére nostri.
Fiat misericórdia tua, Dómine, super nos,*
  quemádmodum sperávimus in te.
In te, Dómine, sperávi:*
  non confúndar in ætérnum.
HymnTe Deum
God, we praise you; Lord, we proclaim you!
You, the Father, the eternal –
all the earth venerates you.
All the angels, all the heavens, every power –
The cherubim, the seraphim –
unceasingly, they cry:
“Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts:
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory!”
The glorious choir of Apostles –
The noble ranks of prophets –
The shining army of martyrs –
all praise you.
Throughout the world your holy Church proclaims you.
– Father of immeasurable majesty,
– True Son, only-begotten, worthy of worship,
– Holy Spirit, our Advocate.
You, Christ:
– You are the king of glory.
– You are the Father’s eternal Son.
– You, to free mankind, did not disdain a Virgin’s womb.
– You defeated the sharp spear of Death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to those who believe in you.
– You sit at God’s right hand, in the glory of the Father.
– You will come, so we believe, as our Judge.
And so we ask of you: give help to your servants, whom you set free at the price of your precious blood.
Number them among your chosen ones in eternal glory.
The final part of the hymn may be omitted:
Bring your people to safety, Lord, and bless those who are your inheritance.
Rule them and lift them high for ever.
Day by day we bless you, Lord: we praise you for ever and for ever.
Of your goodness, Lord, keep us without sin for today.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us.
Let your pity, Lord, be upon us, as much as we trust in you.
In you, Lord, I trust: let me never be put to shame.

Oremus.
  Deus, qui huius diéi venerándam sanctámque lætítiam in apostolórum Petri et Pauli sollemnitáte tribuísti, da Ecclésiæ tuæ eórum in ómnibus sequi præcéptum, per quos religiónis sumpsit exórdium. Per Dóminum.
Let us pray.
Lord our God,
  may the blessed apostles Peter and Paul support us by their prayers.
Through them you first taught your Church
  the Christian faith.
Provide us now, by their intercession,
  with help for our eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Benedicámus Dómino.
– Deo grátias.
Let us praise the Lord.
– Thanks be to God.

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