Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints
INTROIT. Nunc scio vere. Acts. 12.
NOW I know of a surety 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. 139. Lord,
thou hast searchced me out and known me: thou knowest my downsitting
and mine uprising. V. Glory be.
O GOD, who didst deliver thy holy Apostle Saint Peter from
his bonds and suffer him to depart unhurt: vouchsafe, we pray
thee; to deliver us from the bonds of our sins, and of thy mercy
preserve us from all evil. Through.
For St. Paul. COLLECT.
O GOD, who by the preaching of thy blessed Apostle Saint Paul
hast cause the light of the Gospel to shine forth upon the Gentiles:
grant, we beseech thee; that we who this day call him to remembrance,
may feel the effectual benefit of his intercession. Through.
For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1.
ABOUT that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to
vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of
John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews,
he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days
of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put
him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers
to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the
people. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made
without ceasing of 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, the angel of the
Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he
smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up
quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel
said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so
he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and
follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that
it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a
vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they
came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened
to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through
one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when
Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, 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
GRADUAL. Ps. 45. Thour shalt make them princes
in all lands: they will remember thy Name, O Lord. V. Instead
ff thy fathers thou shalt have children: therefore shall the
peop;le give thanks unto thee.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Loosen, O Peter, at God's commandment,
our earthly bondage: olpening unto the blessed the doors of the
heavenly kingdom. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. St. Matthew xvi. 13.
WHEN Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man
am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some,
Elias; and others, Jeremias or one of the prophets. He saith
unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered
and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And
Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona:
for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father
which is in heaven. And I say also unto 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 unto thee the keys
of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 45. Thou shalt make them princes
in all lands: they will remember thy Name, O Lord, from one generation
We beseech thee, O Lord, that this sacrifice which we offer unto
thee, may, at the intercession of thy blessed Apostle Saint Peter,
evermore availa to quicken and defend us. Through.
For St Paul. SECRET.
GRANTT, O Lord, we prayer thee, that these oblations of thy people
may be sanctified by the prayers of thy holy Apostle Saint Paul:
and that the favour which thou shewest upon them that observe
the institution of thine ordinance may be increased by the effectual
help of his advocacy. Through.
PREFACE of the Apostles.
COMMUNION. St. Matt. 16. Thou art Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my Church.
O LORD our God, who hast fulfilled us with the partaking
of thy holy Body, and of thy precious Blood: we beseech thee;
that, like as we have performed these mysteries with outward
devotion, so we may attain the reward thereof in the fulfilment
of our redemption. Through.
For St. Paul. POSTCOMMUNION.
O LORD, who hast vouchsafed to make us partakers of this holy
Sacrament: grant, we beseech thee; that at the intercession of
thy holy Apostle Saint Paul, the sacrifice we have offered to
the increase of his glory may be profitable unto us for the healing
of our souls. Through.
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