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June 29

June 29

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles, The two pillars of the Roman Church. The first is revered as the Prince of the Apostles and first Pope, instituted by Christ Himself, and the second as the great Apostle to the Gentiles.

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See also:

How to Discern a True Apostle of Jesus Christ
The Faith of Peter, the Foundation of the Papacy
Primacy and Infallibility of Peter

Mass Readings

First Reading – Acts 12:1-11

In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. – It was the feast of Unleavened Bread. – He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover. Peter thus was being kept in prison, but prayer by the Church was fervently being made to God on his behalf. On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison. Suddenly the angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly.” The chains fell from his wrists. The angel said to him, “Put on your belt and your sandals.” He did so. Then he said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.” So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself. They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter recovered his senses and said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting.”

Responsorial Psalm – 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.5)

R. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear Him.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad. R.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. R.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him. R.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him. R.

Second Reading – 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18

I, Paul, am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. The Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel – Mt 16:13-19

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi He asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Featured Saints

Blessed Raymond Lully – Church of St. Eulalia, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Blessed Raymond Lully, martyr (†1316). Franciscan tertiary of great learning and enlightened doctrine; he strove to preach the Gospel to the Moors of northern Africa.

St. Cassius (†558). Bishop of Narni, Italy, who offered the Holy Sacrifice every day while shedding copious tears; he gave away all of his possessions as alms.

St. Paul Wu Yan, John Baptist Wu Mantang and Paul Wu Wanshu, martyrs (†1900). Paul Wu was the father of 17-year-old John Baptist, and uncle of Paul Wanshu, 16. The three were killed during the religious persecution in China.

Sts. Mary Du Tianshi and her daughter Magdalene Du Fengju, martyrs (†1900). Discovered on a sugarcane plantation on the outskirts of Shenxian, China, where they had hidden during the persecution, they died proclaiming their Faith in Christ.

St. Emma, widow (†circa 1045). After the death of her husband, Count William of Sann, she used her great fortune to aid the poor and build monasteries.

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