Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles, Mass during the Day

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Acts 12.1-11

About that time, King Herod stretched out his hands
to oppress some of the Church.
He killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.
When he saw that it pleased the Jews,
he proceeded to arrest Peter also.
This was during the days of unleavened bread.
When he had arrested him,
he put him in prison,
and delivered him to
four squads of four soldiers each to guard him,
intending to bring him out to the people
after the Passover.
Peter therefore was kept in the prison,
but constant prayer was made
by the Church to God for him.

The same night when Herod was about to bring him out,
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers,
bound with two chains.
Guards in front of the door kept the prison.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him,
and a light shone in the cell.
He struck Peter on the side,
and woke him up, saying,
“Stand up quickly!”
His chains fell off from his hands.
The angel said to him,
“Get dressed and put on your sandals.”
He did so.
He said to him, “Put on your cloak, and follow me.”
And he went out and followed him.
He did not know that
what was being done by the angel was real,
but thought he saw a vision.
When they were past the first and the second guard,
they came to the iron gate that leads into the city,
which opened to them by itself.
They went out, and went down one street,
and immediately the angel departed from him.
When Peter had come to himself, he said,
“Now I truly know that
the Lord has sent out his angel
and delivered me out of the hand of Herod,
and from everything the Jewish people were expecting.”

Responsorial - Psalm 34.2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Resp. 8

R. The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear him.

I will bless the Lord at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
My soul shall boast in the Lord.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

R. The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear him.

Oh magnify the Lord with me.
Let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

R. The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear him.

They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.

R. The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear him.

The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

R. The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear him.

Reading 2 – 2 Timothy 4.6-8, 17-18

I, Paul, already am being poured out as a libation,
and the time of my departure has come.
I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
From now on, there is stored up for me
the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge,
will give to me on that day;
and not to me only,
but also to all those
who have longed for his appearance.

The Lord stood by me and strengthened me,
that through me the message
might be fully proclaimed,
and that all the Gentiles might hear;
and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work,
and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom;
to him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel – Matthew 16.13-19

When Jesus came into
the region of Caesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, saying,
“Who do humans say that the Son of Human is?”
They said, “Some say John the Baptist,
some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah,
or one of the prophets.”

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
but my Father who is in heaven.
I also tell you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my Church,
and the gates of the underworld will not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth
will have been bound in heaven;
and whatever you release on earth
will be released in heaven.”

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