Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Saint Peter's Chains

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 the Jews.

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 to another.

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.

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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