Readings at Sunday Mass

Sunday 28 June 2020- The Solemnity of St Peter & St Paul

Readings and Hymnsfor Mass



Entrance Hymn


1. Into a world of darkness since the fall,
new light had dawned, two champions
            heard the call
Peter the rock, and Paul once known as
Alleluia, Alleluia.

2. First Peter started in wonder at the sight,
Jesus, transfigured, clothed in glorious
then heard God praise his Son from
            heaven’s height.
Alleluia, Alleluia.


3. Beside the desert road a different sign,
Saul saw a blinding light in Splendour
and Jesus told him, ‘These you hurt are
Alleluia, Alleluia.


4. On each a lifelong mission was conferred,
‘Go tell the nations all that you have
of God made known through Christ,
            th’incarnate Word’
Alleluia, Alleluia.



5. Their work accomplished, called to their reward,
One crucified, one martyred by the
their deaths bore witness to the risen
Alleluia, Alleluia.





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


King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly.

On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of one street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’




Responsorial Psalm                                                                                       Psalm 33(34):2-9


From all my terrors the Lord set me free.



I will bless the Lord at all times,

his praise always on my lips;

in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.

The humble shall hear and be glad.

From all my terrors the Lord set me free.


Glorify the Lord with me.

Together let us praise his name.

I sought the Lord and he answered me;

from all my terrors he set me free.

From all my terrors the Lord set me free.


Look towards him and be radiant;

let your faces not be abashed.

This poor man called, the Lord heard him

and rescued him from all his distress.

From all my terrors the Lord set me free.


The angel of the Lord is encamped

around those who revere him, to rescue them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him.

From all my terrors the Lord set me free.







Second reading                                                                                  2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18

My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.




Gospel Acclamation                                                                          Mt16:18


Alleluia, alleluia!

You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.

And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.





Gospel                                                                                                                        Matthew 16:13-19

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’




Prayer over the Offerings

May the prayer of the Apostles, O Lord,

accompany the sacrificial gift

that we present to your name for consecration,

and may their intercession make us devoted to you

in celebration of the sacrifice.

Through Christ our Lord.





Communion Antiphon                                                                      Cf. Mt 16: 16, 18

Peter said to Jesus: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

And Jesus replied: You are Peter,

and upon this rock I will build my Church.


Communion Hymn



1. Thou art the Christ, O Lord,

the Son of God most high!

For ever be adored

that Name in earth and sky,

in which, though mortal strength may fail,

the saints of God at last prevail!


2. O surely he was blest

with blessedness unpriced,

who, taught of God, confessed

the Godhead in the Christ!

For of thy Church, Lord, thou didst own

thy saint a true foundation-stone.


3. Thrice fallen, thrice restored!

The bitter lesson learned,

that heart for thee, O Lord,

with triple ardour burned.

The cross he took he laid not down

until he grasped the martyr's crown.


4. O bright triumphant faith,

O courage void of fears!

O love most strong in death,

O penitential tears!

By these, Lord, keep us lest we fall,

and make us go where thou shalt call.





Prayer after Communion

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.