Today’s propers; The Vigil of the apostles Saints Peter and Paul

 

 FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

VIGIL OF SAINTS PETER & PAUL
DOUBLE / GREEN

Mercy is easy for those who love, since love begets understanding. And where there is understanding of motives and of the forces of temptation, a person is slow to condemn or rebuke anyone of any race. “In the treasures of wisdom is understanding” (Eccli. 1:26). Besides, to know oneself is to know how hard it is to change, how easily feelings blind one’s thinking, how ready a person is to defend himself and to claim exceptions for his own benefit. From such truth and humility spring compassion, forgiveness, and considerate speech.
INTROIT Ps. 26:7-9

Hear, O Lord, my voice with which I have cried to Thee, be Thou my helper, forsake me not, do not Thou despise me, O God, my Savior.

Ps. 26:1. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?

V. Glory be . . .
COLLECT

O God, who hast prepared for them that love Thee such good things as pass understanding, pour into our hearts such love towards Thee, that we, loving Thee in all things and above all things, may obtain Thy promises which exceed all that we can desire. Through our Lord . . .
Commemoratio In Vigilia Ss. Petri et Pauli Apostolorum

Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we, whom you solidly established upon the rock of apostolic faith, be not troubled by any distress.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
EPISTLE I Peter 3:8-15

Dearly beloved: Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble: Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing. For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. Let him decline from evil and do good: Let him seek after peace and pursue it: Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things. And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good? But if also you suffer any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear: and be not troubled. But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
GRADUAL Ps. 86:10, 9

Behold, O God our protector, and look on Thy servants. 

V. O Lord God of hosts, give ear to the prayers of Thy servants.
Alleluia, alleluia! Ps. 20:1

In Thy strength, O Lord, the king shall joy, and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly. Alleluia!
GOSPEL Matt. 5:20-24

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: “Unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. You have heard that it was said to them of old: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ And whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath anything against thee; Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.”
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Ps. 15:7, 8

I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding. I set God always in my sight; for He is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
SECRET

Be merciful, O Lord, to our humble pleading, and favorably receive these offerings of Thy servants and handmaidens, that what each of us has offered to the honor of Thy Name, may profit us all unto salvation. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoratio In Vigilia Ss. Petri et Pauli Apostolorum

Sanctify the gift of Your people, we beseech You, O Lord, by the intercession of the Apostles, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON Ps. 26:4

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
POSTCOMMUNION

Grant, O Lord, we beseech Thee, that we whom Thou hast fed with the heavenly Gift, may be cleansed from our hidden sins and delivered from the snares of our enemies. Through our Lord . . .
Commemoratio In Vigilia Ss. Petri et Pauli Apostolorum

O Lord, by the intercession of Your Apostles, defend from all harm those whom You have filled with heavenly food.

Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. 

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