Sunday, June 28, 2020

Weekday Solemnity Saints Peter And Paul 29th June. (episode: 238)

Solemnity of Saints Peter And Paul  29th June. (episode: 238)

Readings for the Day

FIRST READING: Acts 12:1-11;

Psalm: Ps 33:2-9 "The Lord set me free from all my fears."

SECOND READING: 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION, (Matthew 16:18). "Alleluia, alleluia!

You are Peter, the rock on which I will build my Church; the gates of hell will not hold out against it. Alleluia!

GOSPEL: Mt 16:13-19


Image Credit: Shutterstock Licensed stock photo ID: 41136337. Icon of saint Apostles Paul and Peter on mahogany and gold. By Dmitry Kalinovsky


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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

{{Goodness and kindness to you all}}

On this special (feast of)
St Peter And Paul

Our Gods love and mercy knows no bounds, and so let us recall our sins so as to worthily celebrate this Holy Sacrifice.

Lord Jesus, you built your church on the solid rock of St Peter's confession. Lord have mercy.

You sent Saint Paul as apostle and teacher to the gentiles. Christ have mercy.

Your apostles were faithful workers in your vineyard. Lord have mercy.


May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Memorial Acclamation
3. Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.
Euch .Prayer: 3
{Thanks for joining us for this time of prayer and reflection}


Go in peace,  glorifying the Lord by your life


Prologue:  Saints Peter and Paul Died as martyrs in Rome under the persecutions of emperor Nero, between 64-67 ad. This prominentoutstanding  feast day of the city of Rome has been observed on this date since the mid-third century. It commemorates the martyrdom of Peter the "chief of the apostles" and of Paul the "apostle to the Gentiles". They are Remembered for their faith, their courage, and their leadership during the difficult days of the birth of our lord's spirit led church.





St Ambrose (340-397)

One of the original four Doctors of the Church

  "Where Peter is,

there is the Church.

Where the Church is,

there is Jesus Christ.

Where Jesus Christ is,

there is eternal salvation."


St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of the Church:


 "There is one day for the passion of two apostles.

But these two also were as one;

although they suffered on different days, they were as one.

Peter went first, Paul followed.

We are celebrating a feast day, consecrated for us by the blood of the apostles.

Let us love their faith, their lives, their labours,

their sufferings, their confession of faith, their preaching."


"There must be general rejoicing, dearly beloved,

over this holy company whom God has appointed

to give us example in patience and strengthen our faith.

But we glory even more in the excellence of Peter and Paul, whom the grace of God has raised to such a height among all the members of the Church

that He has set them like "twin lights of eyes" in that Body whose head is Christ."


St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father & Doctor of the Church



Pope Francis – in a June 2014 homily on Peter and paul says.....


In today's Feast, the Lord repeats to me, to you… what he said first to the Apostles....  and especially including Saints Peter and Paul.....: Follow Me!

Waste no time in questioning or in useless chattering;

do not dwell on secondary things but look to what is essential and follow Me.

Follow Me without regard for the difficulties.

Follow Me in preaching the Gospel.

Follow Me by the witness of a life shaped by the grace you received in baptism….. and holy orders.

Follow Me by speaking of Me, to those with whom you live, day after day,

in your work, your conversations and among your friends.

Follow Me by proclaiming the Gospel to all, especially to the least among us,

so that no one will fail to hear the word of life,

which sets us free from every fear

and enables us to trust in the faithfulness of God.

Follow Me!


It wonderful genius from God, to inspire a twofold celebration of these two apostles... it shows both unity and cooperation, but also a single vision...   one serving the communion and care of the universal church, the other a wonderful voice of mission and inclusion ....    a perfect balance...  


Let us pray for the unity and peace of the church and the world....  let us unite in common vision and united action...   let us be inspired by the different talents and different foci of mission but with the same Spirit leading and guiding us to bear much fruit...


We also pray in thanksgiving and blessing for all priests, many of whom have their anniversary of Priesthood at this time. May God continue to strengthen and guide and bless their ministry with much fruitfulness and clarity...


these wonderful apostles continue to interced for the Church and the world.....   for continuing unity, charity, courage and vision.


Saint Peter and Saint Paul...  pray for us.

Fr Paul W. Kelly



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"Faith, Hope and Love - Christian worship and reflection" - Led by Rev Paul Kelly

Prayers and chants — Roman Missal, 3rd edition, © 2010, The International Commission on English in the liturgy. (ICEL)

Scriptures - New Revised Standard Version: © 1989, and 2009 by the NCC-USA. (National Council of Churches of Christ - USA)

"The Psalms" ©1963, 2009, The Grail - Collins publishers.

Prayers of the Faithful - " Together we pray" by Robert Borg'. E.J. Dwyer, Publishers, (1993) . (Sydney Australia).

Sung "Mass In Honour of St. Ralph Sherwin" - By Jeffrey M. Ostrowski. The Gloria. Copyright © 2011

- "Faith, Hope and Love" theme hymn - in memory of William John Kelly - Inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Music by Paul W. Kelly. Arranged and sung, with additional lyrics by Stefan Kelk. 2019.

- "Today I Arise" - For Trisha J Kelly. Original words and music by Paul W. Kelly. Inspired by St Patrick's Prayer. Arranged and sung, with additional lyrics by Stefan Kelk. 2019.

 Production - KER - 2020

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