Chair of St Peter, Evening

II Vespers

Prayers before the Office
Open, O Lord, my mouth to bless thy holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding and kindle my affections; that I may worthily, attentively, and devoutly say this Office, and so be meet to be heard before the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith thou, whilst here on earth, didst render praises unto God, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer unto thee.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.


V. O God, make speed to save me.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
All: Alleluia Praise be to thee, O Lord, king of eternal glory.

The Psalter

Antiphon 1. Behold a great priest who in his days pleased the Lord, and was found righteous.

Psalm 111 Beatus vir.

  1. BLESSED is the man that feareth the Lord: he hath great delight in his commandments.
  2. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
  3. Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
  4. Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness: he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
  5. A good man is merciful, and lendeth: and will guide his words with discretion.
  6. For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
  7. He will not be afraid of any evil tidings: for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the Lord.
  8. His heart is established, and will not shrink: until he see his desire upon his enemies.
  9. He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
  10. The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him: he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Glory be.

Antiphon 2. There was none like unto him to keep the law of the Most High.

Psalm 112 Laudate, pueri.

  1. PRAISE the Lord, ye servants: O praise the Name of the Lord.
  2. Blessed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
  3. The Lord’s Name is praised: from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
  4. The Lord is high above all heathen and his glory above the heavens.
  5. Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high: and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
  6. He taketh up the simple out of the dust: and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
  7. That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.
  8. He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children.

Glory be.

Antiphon 3. Therefore by an oath the Lord assured him that he would increase him among his people.

Psalm 112 Laudate, pueri.

  1. PRAISE the Lord, ye servants: O praise the Name of the Lord.
  2. Blessed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
  3. The Lord’s Name is praised: from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
  4. The Lord is high above all heathen and his glory above the heavens.
  5. Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high: and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
  6. He taketh up the simple out of the dust: and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
  7. That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.
  8. He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children.

Glory be.

Antiphon 4. Good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

First Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11 – 16
For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Hymn

Whate’er thou bindest here is bound by God’s decree;
Whate’er thou loosest here, O Peter, God doth free;
Through thee to all his priests such is the promise bold,
And thou and thine the world shalt judge as Christ foretold.

Now to the Trinity eternal glory sing,
All honour, virtue, might, and hymns of gladness bring.
He rules the universe in wondrous Unity,
And shall, through all the days of vast eternity. Amen.

V. The Lord chose him as a priest unto himself.
R. To offer unto him the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.

Magnificat. St. Luke 1:46-55

Antiphon: During his Pontificate never was he moved by respect of men, but rather went ever gloriously on his way to the kingdom of heaven.

  1. My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
  2. For he hath regarded * the lowliness of his handmaiden.
  3. For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
  4. For he that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is his Name.
  5. And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
  6. He hath showed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
  7. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek;.
  8. He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
  9. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel; * as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Glory be.

Antiphon: During his Pontificate never was he moved by respect of men, but rather went ever gloriously on his way to the kingdom of heaven.

Second Lesson: John 21:15 – 22
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Nunc dimittis. St. Luke 2:29-32

Antiphon: Save us, O Lord, while waking and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

  1. LORD, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, * according to thy word.
  2. For mine eyes have seen * thy salvation,
  3. Which thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
  4. To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be.

Antiphon: Save us, O Lord, while waking and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

A reading from the works of St. Leo the Pope:
The Lord asked his disciples who men said that he was, and their answers were human as long as they were the answers of human reason, unilluminated by Divine light. At last, when the glimmerings of earthly conjecture were spoken, he whose Apostleship is the first in dignity, was the first to confess the Lord : And Simon Peter answered and said : Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him : Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. That is to say, For this cause art thou blessed, because my Father himself hath taught thee ; the opinions of men have not beguiled thee, the voices of angels have not taught thee, not flesh and blood, but he, whose Only-Begotten Son I am, hath revealed me unto thee.

Thus saith the Lord unto Simon Peter : And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter. That is to say, Even as my Father hath revealed unto thee concerning me that I am God, even so now will I also reveal unto thee that thou art Peter ; I am the sure Rock of defence, the Corner Stone, who make both one, I am the Foundation, besides which other can no man lay, and thou also art a rock, in my Strength made hard, and those things whereof I by right am Lord, into thy hand do I give them, that thou mayest bear rule over them, for me, and with me. And upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Upon this strength of thine, whereof I am the Strength, I will build mine eternal temple, and upon the truth of thy confession of me I will make to rise that my glorious Church whose spires shall pierce to heaven.

Against this confession the gates of hell shall never prevail, neither shall the bands of death take hold upon it. Thus saith he that is faithful and true. And as this confession hath power to lift up to heaven them that make it, so is it able to thrust down to hell them that gainsay it. Wherefore it is said unto the most blessed Peter : And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven : and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. This power passed indeed to the other Apostles also ; this the Lord’s will had effect in them ; but it is not in vain that it is written that that was given to one which passed from him to all. To Peter alone were the keys given, and Peter is set as the pattern for all them that bear rule in the Church to follow. There remaineth therefore the right of Peter, wheresoever his judgement decreeth justice. Neither is there anything too hard, or too lax, where is nothing bound and nothing loosed, save when Peter bindeth or looseth.

From the Broman Breviary for the day.

¶ Then follows,

The Apostles’ Creed.
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. Amen.

V. O Lord, shew thy mercy upon us.
R. And grant us thy salvation.
V. O Lord, save our governours.
R. And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
V. Endue thy Ministers with righteousness.
R. And make thy chosen people joyful.
V. O Lord, save thy people.
R. And bless thine inheritance.
V. Give peace in our time, O Lord.
R. Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
V. O God, make clean our hearts within us.
R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Collect
O God, who didst bestow upon thy blessed Apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and didst appoint unto him the priesthood for the binding and loosing of sin : grant, we beseech thee ; that by the help of his intercession we may be delivered from the bonds of all our iniquities. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Commemoration of St Paul
Antiphon: O holy Apostle Paul, preacher of truth and teacher of the Gentiles, pray for us to God who chose thee.

V. Thou art the chosen Vessel unto God, O holy Paul the Apostle.
R. Preacher of truth to the whole world.

Collect
O God, who through the preaching of thy blessed Apostle Paul hast caused the light of the Gospel to shine forth upon the Gentiles : grant, we beseech thee ; that we, who this day call him to remembrance, may feel the effectual benefit of his intercession. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who livest and reignest with theen and the Holy Ghost ever one God, world without end. Amen.

¶ If it be on or after Septuagesima Sunday, commemoration of the Feria.

A Collect for Peace.
O GOD, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that both our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

A Collect for Aid against Perils.
LIGHTEN our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you (or O Lord, Hear my prayer.)
R. And with thy spirit. (or And let my cry come unto Thee.)
V. Let us bless the Lord (alleluia, alleluia).
R. Thanks be to God (alleluia, alleluia).
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

¶ When the Litany or Mass is to be said, the following prayers are omitted, save only the Grace and the Final Antiphon.

A General Thanksgiving.
ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; [particularly to those who desire now to offer up their praises and thanksgivings for thy late mercies vouchsafed unto them.] We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives; by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all honour and glory, world without end.

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, The Governor of this State, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the People, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for the Clergy and People.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and other clergy, and all Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Grace
The grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with us all, evermore.  Amen.

¶ Here shall be added the Final Antiphon of the Virgin Mary according to season.

  • From Vespers of the Saturday before the I Sunday in Advent through II Vespers of the Purification; or if this Feast be transferred, through Vespers on February 2nd: Alma Redemptoris Mater
  • After the Purification, that is, from Compline of February 2nd, whether the Feast of the Purification be transferred or not, through Compline of Wednesday in Holy Week: Ave, Regina cælorum
  • From Compline of Holy Saturday through None of the Saturday within the Octave of Pentecost: Regina cæli lætare
  • From I Vespers of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity through None of the Saturday before the I Sunday of Advent: Salve Regina