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SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES; BIBLE READING I (ACTS 12:1-11)

NOW I KNOW THE LORD REALLY DID SAVE ME FROM HEROD.

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.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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20th JULY, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 135)

R. His great love is without end.

1. O give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
for his great love is without end.
He remembered us in our distress,
for his great love is without end.
And he snatched us away from our foes,
for his great love is without end. (R.)

2. The first-born of the Egyptians he smote,
for his great love is without end.
He brought Israel out from their midst,
for his great love is without end;
arm outstretched, with power in his hand,
for his great love is without end. (R.)

3. He divided the Red Sea in two,
for his great love is without end;
he made Israel pass through the midst,
for his great love is without end;
he flung Pharaoh and his force in the sea,
for his great love is without end. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Make me grasp the way of your precepts,
and I will muse on your wonders.
Alleluia!

 

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TODAY’S RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 33)

R. This poor man called and the Lord heard him.

1. I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. (R.)

2. The Lord turns his eyes on the just
and his ears to their appeal.
They call and the Lord hears
and rescues them in all their distress. (R.)

3. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted;
those whose spirit is crushed he will save.
Many are the trials of the just man
but from them all the Lord will rescue him. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ has risen: he who created all things,
and has granted his mercy to men.
Alleluia!

 

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HOLY ST JOSEPH, HELP THE NEEDY OF THE WHOLE WORLD

Holy St Joseph, you were always most just; make us relish what is right. You sustained Jesus and Mary in time of trial; sustain us by your help. You provided for all the needs of Jesus and Mary; help the needy of the whole world.

You rescued Jesus from Herod who sought to kill Him; save us from our many sins. You were the foster father of Christ, the priest-victim; make priests faithful to their calling. You were the foster father of Christ, the Divine physician; sustain the sick and obtain relief for them. You died the holiest of deaths in the arms of Jesus and Mary; intercede for the dying.

You were the intrepid guardian of the Holy Family; protect all Christian families. You cared for Jesus with true fatherly love, protect all children in the world. You were a dedicated and honest worker in your trade as carpenter; teach us to labour for Jesus. You were the faithful and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; preserve in all hearts a love of fidelity and purity. You were a model single person and a model father later on; help all human beings to imitate your virtues. Amen.

 
 

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