Ss. Peter and Paul

 

It should go without saying that if one has any possible means of traveling to a Church

to attend the liturgy for Ss. Peter and Paul, they should do so.  However, if it is not

possible for one to do so, the following is provided so that at least they can participate

in the feast to the extent possible, under such circumstances.

 

Beatitude Verses: St. Peter, Ode 3: 4; St Paul, Ode 6: 4
 
1 & 2.  O Peter the Apostle, the most sweet mouth of Christ God proclaimed thee as the 
blessed and secure treasury of the Kingdom.  Therefore we sing thy praises.
 
3. Jesus the Lord has established upon the rock of thy divine teaching the unshakable 
Church in which we glorify thee, O Peter.
 
4.  Peter is in body higher than the angels, for Christ said he would sit with him as a 
judge when openly He would come again.
 
5.  Thou didst disdain all delightful things, for thou wast smitten by love of the Master 
and the desire for the salvation of all, and thou didst choose to bear witness to Him, O 
blessed Paul.  Now intercede for the whole world.
 
6.  As a noble emulator of the Master, thou wast sincerely clothed in Him, O Paul, and 
thou wast all things to all men so that thou mightest gain all things and save the peoples; 
and thou didst truly save the ends of the earth, netting them for Christ.
 
7.  Christ gave thee citizenship in heaven, O worthy and blessed Apostle Paul, for thou 
wast a faithful servant and administrator of His mysteries, and here thou didst not desire 
a lasting city.
 
8.  The Lord has looked down upon thee and renewed my being, and He Who is mighty 
has done great things, as thou didst say, O all-blameless Mother of God.  And through 
thee my God has saved me from corruption, for He is compassionate.
 
Troparia
 
Tone 4:  O foremost of the Apostles * and teachers of the world, * intercede with the 
Master of all, * that He grant peace to the world * and to our souls great mercy.
 
Glory… Both now… Tone 4: The mystery hidden from before the ages and unknown 
even to the angels, through thee, O Theotokos, hath been revealed to those on earth: God 
incarnate in unconfused union, Who willingly accepted the Cross for our sake and 
thereby raising up the first-formed man, hath saved our souls from death.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth,

and their words unto the ends of the world.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaimeth the work

of His hands.

Choir:  Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of

the world.

Reader:   Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth. 

Choir:  And their words unto the ends of the world.
 

Reader: The Reading is from the Second Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the

Corinthians:   [2nd Corinthians 11:21 - 12:9]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 1st Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the

congregation of saints.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  God who is glorified in the council of the saints

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Matthew 16:13-19]

 

Kontakia

 

Tone 2:  Thou hast taken to Thyself, O Lord, * the firm and divine-voiced preachers, the

chief Apostles, * for the enjoyment of Thy blessings and for repose; * for Thou didst

accept their labors and death as above all sacrifice, * O Thou Who alone knowest the

secrets of our hearts.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 6: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, O

mediation unto the creator unfailing, disdain not the suppliant voices of sinners, but be

thou quick, O good one, to help us who in faith cry unto thee; hasten to intercession and

speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that

honor thee.

 

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