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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Saturday, 2019-06-29:

  • Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles 2019:


    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."


    Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (5) 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. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    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. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.
    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 will rescue those who fear him.
    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. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.


    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.


    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."


    • These are the lectures for the Saints Peter and Paul Mass during the day (not the vigil).
  • Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Vigil 2019:


    Acts 3:1-10

    Peter and John were going up to the temple area
    for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
    And a man crippled from birth was carried
    and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate”
    every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
    When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
    he asked for alms.
    But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
    and said, “Look at us.”
    He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
    Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
    but what I do have I give you:
    in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
    Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
    and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
    He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
    and went into the temple with them,
    walking and jumping and praising God.
    When all the people saw the man walking and praising God,
    they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging
    at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
    and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
    at what had happened to him.


    Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5

    R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
    The heavens declare the glory of God;
    and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    Day pours out the word to day;
    and night to night imparts knowledge.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
    Not a word nor a discourse
    whose voice is not heard;
    through all the earth their voice resounds,
    and to the ends of the world, their message.
    R. Their message goes out through all the earth.


    Gal 1:11-20

    I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
    that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
    For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
    but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

    For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
    how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
    and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
    beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
    since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
    But when God, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
    and called me through his grace,
    was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
    so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
    I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
    nor did I go up to Jerusalem
    to those who were Apostles before me;
    rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

    Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
    to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
    But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
    only James the brother of the Lord.
    --As to what I am writing to you, behold,
    before God, I am not lying.

    Gospel Acclamation

    Jn 21:17

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Lord, you know everything:
    you know that I love you.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    Jn 21:15-19

    Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
    and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
    He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
    Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
    He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
    He said to him the third time,
    “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
    Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
    “Do you love me?” and he said to him,
    “Lord, you know everything;you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
    Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
    you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
    but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
    and someone else will dress you
    and lead you where you do not want to go.”
    He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
    And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”


    • These are the lectures for the Saints Peter and Paul Mass Vigil.

    Ordinary Time.


    1 Kgs 19:19-21

    Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,
    as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;
    he was following the twelfth.
    Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
    Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,
    "Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,
    and I will follow you."
    Elijah answered, "Go back!
    Have I done anything to you?"
    Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;
    he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,
    and gave it to his people to eat.
    Then he left and followed Elijah as his attendant.


    Psalms 96:10, 11-12, 13

    R. (see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
    I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
    O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
    you it is who hold fast my lot.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    I bless the LORD who counsels me;
    even in the night my heart exhorts me.
    I set the LORD ever before me;
    with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
    my body, too, abides in confidence;
    Because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
    nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
    R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.


    Luke 2:41-51

    Each year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
    and when he was twelve years old,
    they went up according to festival custom.
    After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
    the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
    but his parents did not know it.
    Thinking that he was in the caravan,
    they journeyed for a day
    and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
    but not finding him,
    they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
    After three days they found him in the temple,
    sitting in the midst of the teachers,
    listening to them and asking them questions,
    and all who heard him were astounded
    at his understanding and his answers.
    When his parents saw him,
    they were astonished,
    and his mother said to him,
    "Son, why have you done this to us?
    Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."
    And he said to them,
    "Why were you looking for me?
    Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
    But they did not understand what he said to them.
    He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
    and was obedient to them;
    and his mother kept all these things in her heart.


    Ordinary Time.


    Gn 18:1-15

    The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre,
    as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent,
    while the day was growing hot.
    Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby.
    When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them;
    and bowing to the ground, he said:
    “Sir, if I may ask you this favor,
    please do not go on past your servant.
    Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet,
    and then rest yourselves under the tree.
    Now that you have come this close to your servant,
    let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves;
    and afterward you may go on your way.”
    The men replied, “Very well, do as you have said.”

    Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah,
    “Quick, three measures of fine flour!
    Knead it and make rolls.”
    He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer,
    and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it.
    Then Abraham got some curds and milk,
    as well as the steer that had been prepared,
    and set these before them;
    and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.

    They asked him, “Where is your wife Sarah?”
    He replied, “There in the tent.”
    One of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year,
    and Sarah will then have a son.”
    Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent, just behind him.
    Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years,
    and Sarah had stopped having her womanly periods.
    So Sarah laughed to herself and said,
    “Now that I am so withered and my husband is so old,
    am I still to have sexual pleasure?”
    But the LORD said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh and say,
    ‘Shall I really bear a child, old as I am?’
    Is anything too marvelous for the LORD to do?
    At the appointed time, about this time next year, I will return to you,
    and Sarah will have a son.”
    Because she was afraid, Sarah dissembled, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”
    But he replied, “Yes you did.”


    Luke 1:46-47, 48-49, 50 and 53, 54-55

    R. (see 54b) The Lord has remembered his mercy.
    “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
    R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.
    “For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
    From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    the Almighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his Name.”
    R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.
    “He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.”
    R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.
    “He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    The promise he made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his children for ever.”
    R. The Lord has remembered his mercy.

    Alleluia Mt 8:17

    R. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Christ took away our infirmities
    and bore our diseases.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.


    Mt 8:5-17

    When Jesus entered Capernaum,
    a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
    "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully."
    He said to him, "I will come and cure him."
    The centurion said in reply,
    "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
    only say the word and my servant will be healed.
    For I too am a man subject to authority,
    with soldiers subject to me.
    And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes;
    and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes;
    and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."
    When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
    "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
    I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
    and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
    at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
    but the children of the Kingdom
    will be driven out into the outer darkness,
    where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth."
    And Jesus said to the centurion,
    "You may go;as you have believed, let it be done for you."
    And at that very hour his servant was healed.

    Jesus entered the house of Peter,
    and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
    He touched her hand, the fever left her,
    and she rose and waited on him.

    When it was evening, they brought him many
    who were possessed by demons,
    and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
    to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:

    He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.

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