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St. Peter

(Fasting and Partial Abstinence Formerly Required on this Day)


Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens et misericors Deus: ut Spiritus Sanctus adveniens, templum nos gloriae suae dignanter inhabitando perficiat.  Per Domium…in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti.

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty and merciful God, that the Holy Ghost may deign to come and dwell in us, making us the temples of His glory.  Through out Lord…in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.

Epistle (Acts 5:12-16)

The number of believers in Jesus was greatly increased through the miracles wrought by the apostles.

In those days by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people.  And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.  But of the rest no man durst join himself unto them; but the people magnified them.  And the multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord, was more increased: Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow at the least, might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities.  And there came also together to Jerusalem a multitude out of the neighbouring cities, bringing sick persons, and such as were troubled with unclean spirits; who were all healed.

Gospel (John 6:44-52)

Jesus gives spiritual life.  He gives us the heavenly Manna to eat: Hi Body and Blood, that will make us live for ever.

At that time Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: No man can come to Me, except the Father, Who hath sent Me, draw him; and I will raise him up in the last day.  It is written in the prophets: And they shall all be taught of God. Every one that hath heard of the Father, and hath learned, cometh to Me.  Not that any man hath seen the Father; but He Who is of God, He hath seen the Father.  Amen, amen I say unto you: He that believeth in Me, hath everlasting life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die.  I am the living bread which came down from heaven.  If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is My flesh, for the life of the world.

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From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

The Liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration over eight days. 


Adsit nobis quaesumus, Domine, virtus Spiritus Saneti: quae et corda nostra elementer expurget, et ab omnibus tueatur adversis.  Per Dominum…in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti. 

We beseech Thee, O Lord, may the power of the Holy Ghost be ever with us; may it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard them from all harm.  Through out Lord…in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.

Epistle (Acts 8:14-17)

The neophytes of Samaria received the Sacrament of Confirmation and with the Sacraments of the Holy Ghost and His gifts.

In those days, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.  Who, when they were come, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost.  For He was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Gospel (John 10:1-10)

Jesus is the Divine Shephard of the faithful sheep (the Church): the faithful sheep hearken to the teaching of His Word given by the Holy Ghost Who assists the Ministers of the Church (the Pope and Bishops).

At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.  But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.  This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he spoke to them.  Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not.  I am the door.  By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.

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From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

The Liturgy recalls the Descent of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles; and the Church extends the commemoration over eight days.


Deus, qui apostolis tuis Sanctum dedisti Spiritum: concede plebe tuae piae petitionis effectum; ut, quibus dedisti fidem, largiaris, et pacem.  Per Dominum…in unitate ejusdem Spiritus Sancti.

O God, Who gavest the Holy Ghost to Thine Apostles, grant The people the fruit of their loving petition, that on those to whom Thou hast given faith, Thos mayest also bestow peace.  Through out Lord…in the unity of the same Holy Ghost.

Epistle (Acts 10:34, 42-48)

St. Peter, the Head of the Church, gives testimony to Jesus before the Jews and the Gentiles.

In those days Peter opening his mouth, said: Men brethren, the Lord commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that it is He Who was appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead.  To Him all the prophets give testimony, that by His name all receive remission of sins, who believe in Him.  While Peter was yet speaking these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word.  And the faithful of the circumcision, who came with Peter, were astonished, for that the grace of the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Gentiles also.  For they heard them speaking with tongues, and magnifying God.  Then Peter answered: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost, as well as we?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel (John 3:16-21)

God sent not His Son unto the world to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by Him.”

At that time Jesus said to Nicodemus: For God so loved the world, as to give His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.  For God sent not His Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by Him.  He that believeth in Him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil.  For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved.  But he that doth truth, cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, because they are done in God.

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From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, being seated on the right hand of God, sent, as He had promised, the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, who, after His Ascension, continued in prayer at Jerusalem, in company with the Blessed Virgin, awaiting the fulfillment of His promise.

Let us pray in like manner with the Church: “Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.”

Epistle (Acts 2:1-11)

St. Luke, in the Acts, shows us how the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ is fulfilled: “But if I go I will send Him to you…the Spirit of truth.”

When the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.  Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue.  And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying: Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born?  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.

Gospel (John 14:23-31)

St. John tells us that Jesus had foretold to His disciples the coming of the Holy Ghost: it was left for the Paraclete to complete the training of the Apostles and to endow them with strength and divine light.

At that time Jesus said to His disciples: If any one love me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him.  He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words. And the word which you have heard, is not Mine; but the Father’s who sent Me.  These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you.  But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.  You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I.  And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe.  I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in Me he hath not any thing.  But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given Me commandment, so do I.

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