Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Octave of Sts. Peter and Paul


Today is the octave of Sts. Peter and Paul, chief of the Apostles. The Breviary's hymns for today are beautiful.
Let heav'n with acclamations ring,
And earth with joy responsive sing:
The Apostles' deeds and high estate
This festal-tide we celebrate.
And also
The eternal gifts of Christ, the King,
The Apostles' glory, let us sing!
Let all with hearts of gladness raise,
Due hymns of thankfulness and praise

The eternal gifts of Christ, the King,
The Apostles' glory, let us sing!
Let all with hearts of gladness raise,
Due hymns of thankfulness and praise...
In them the Father's glory shone,
In them the Spirit's will was done,
The Son Himself exults in them;
Joy fills the new Jerusalem.
The Collect of the Octave:

O God, Whose right hand upheld blessed Peter from sinking when he walked upon the waves, and delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depth of the sea, when three times he suffered shipwreck: graciously hear us, and grant that, through their intercessions we may obtain eternal glory, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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