Readings at Sunday Mass

Readings at Mass

Hymn in place of the Entrance Antiphon (Cantor only)


Praise to Christ the Master Builder,
Christ his Churches Architect;
Seeking for his heavenly City
Twelfth foundation stones elect:
Finds in Simon, son of Jonas;
Solid rock midst shifting sand:
Named him Peter, chose him leader
Of the Apostolic band

Praise to Christ the King of Glory,

Christ the Priest upon His throne;

Of his Church the one Foundation,

Christ the rock and Cornerstone

Spoke the Master- ‘you are Simon-
Peter now your name I hail!’
On this rock the gates of Hades
Gainstmy church will not prevail.
Unto you the keys of power
In my kingdom shall be given
What on earth you bind or loosen
shall be bound and loosed in heaven

Praise to Christ the King of Glory,

Christ the Priest upon His throne;

Of his Church the one Foundation,

Christ the rock and Cornerstone


(From the ‘Rhythm of St Peter’ written by Father Downton, 2nd Vicar of St Peters)




O God, who cause the minds of the faithful

to unite in a single purpose,

grant your people to love what you command

and to desire what you promise,

that, amid the uncertainties of this world,

our hearts may be fixed on that place

where true gladness is found.

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                                                                                                               Isaiah 22:19-23


Thus says the Lord of Hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace:

I dismiss you from your office,

I remove you from your post,

and the same day I call on my servant

Eliakim son of Hilkiah.

I invest him with your robe,

gird him with your sash,

entrust him with your authority;

and he shall be a father

to the inhabitants of Jerusalem

and to the House of Judah.

I place the key of the House of David

on his shoulder;

should he open, no one shall close,

should he close, no one shall open.

I drive him like a peg

into a firm place;

he will become a throne of glory

for his father’s house.




Responsorial Psalm                                                                                        Psalm 137(138):1-3,6,8


(sung by cantor only)


Your love, O Lord, is eternal: discard not the work of your hands.

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:

you have heard the words of my mouth.

In the presence of the angels I will bless you.

I will adore before your holy temple.

I thank you for your faithfulness and love,

which excel all we ever knew of you.

On the day I called, you answered;

you increased the strength of my soul.

The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly

and the haughty he knows from afar.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal,

discard not the work of your hands.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal: discard not the work of your hands.



Second reading                                                                                                                       Romans 11:33-36

How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.



Gospel Acclamation                                                                                                               2Co5:19

Alleluia, alleluia!

God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself,

and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.



Gospel                                                                                                                         Matthew 16:13-20

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.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.



Prayer over the Offerings

O Lord, who gained for yourself a people by adoption

through the one sacrifice offered once for all,

bestow graciously on us, we pray,

the gifts of unity and peace in your Church.

Through Christ our Lord.



Communion Antiphon                                                                                                Cf. Ps 103: 13-15

The earth is replete with the fruits of your work, O Lord;you bring forth bread from the earth

and wine to cheer the heart.



Prayer after Communion

Complete within us, O Lord, we pray,

the healing work of your mercy

and graciously perfect and sustain us,

so that in all things we may please you.

Through Christ our Lord.