Chair of St Peter, Morning

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.

Then is said thrice:
V. O Lord, open thou my lips.
R. And my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Invitatory: Thou art Shepherd of the sheep, and Prince of the Apostles : * God hath given unto thee the keys of the kingdom of the heaven.

¶  The Invitatory verse is recited in full (++) or else the latter half (+) as noted in the verses below

Venite, exultemus Domino.

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O COME, let us sing unto the Lord: let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving: and shew ourselves glad in him with psalms.
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For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also.
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The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
Bow O come, let us worship and fall down: and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Rise For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
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To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts: as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness.
When your fathers tempted me: proved me, and saw my works.
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Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways;
Unto whom I sware in my wrath: that they should not enter into my rest.
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GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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The Psalter

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

Psalm 33 Benedicam Domino

  1. I WILL alway give thanks unto the Lord: his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
  2. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
  3. O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.
  4. I sought the Lord, and he heard me: yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
  5. They had an eye unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
  6. Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him: yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
  7. The angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him: and delivereth them.
  8. O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
  9. O fear the Lord, ye that are his saints: for they that fear him lack nothing.
  10. The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
  11. Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  12. What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain see good days?
  13. Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips, that they speak no guile.
  14. Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.
  15. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.
  16. The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
  17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
  18. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
  19. Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
  20. He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.
  21. But misfortune shall slay the ungodly: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
  22. The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.

Glory be.

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

Psalm 63  Exaudi, Deus.

  1. HEAR my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
  2. Hide me from the gathering together of the froward: and from the insurrection of wicked doers;
  3. Who have whet their tongue like a sword: and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words;
  4. That they may privily shoot at him that is perfect: suddenly do they hit him, and fear not.
  5. They encourage themselves in mischief: and commune among themselves how they may lay snares, and say that no man shall see them.
  6. They imagine wickedness, and practise it: that they keep secret among themselves, every man in the deep of his heart.
  7. But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow: that they shall be wounded.
  8. Yea, their own tongues shall make them fall insomuch that whoso seeth them shall laugh them to scorn.
  9. And all men that see it shall say, This hath God done: for they shall perceive that it is his work.
  10. The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and put his trust in him: and all they that are true of heart shall be glad.

Glory be.

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

Psalm 96 Dominus regnavit.

  1. THE Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea, the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof.
  2. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgement are the habitation of his seat.
  3. There shall go a fire before him: and burn up his enemies on every side.
  4. His lightnings gave shine unto the world: the earth saw it, and was afraid.
  5. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  6. The heavens have declared his righteousness: and all the people have seen his glory.
  7. Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain gods: worship him, all ye gods.
  8. Sion heard of it, and rejoiced: and the daughters of Judah were glad, because of thy judgements, O Lord.
  9. For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
  10. O ye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his saints; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
  11. There is sprung up a light for the righteous: and the joyful gladness for such as are true-hearted.
  12. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous: and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.

Glory be.

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

First Lesson: Ezekiel 2:1 – 7
And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Benedicite, omnia opera Domini.

Antiphon: O ye priests of God, bless ye the Lord : O ye servants of the Lord, sing a hymn unto God, alleluia.

  1. O all ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  2. O ye Angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : * O ye Heavens, bless ye the Lord.
  3. O ye Waters that be above the Firmament, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
  4. O ye Sun and Moon, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Stars of Heaven, bless ye the Lord.
  5. O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * O ye winds of God, bless ye the Lord.
  6. O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Winter and Summer, bless ye the Lord.
  7. O ye Dews and Frosts, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Frost and Cold, bless ye the Lord.
  8. O ye Ice and Snow, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Nights and Days, bless ye the Lord.
  9. O ye Light and Darkness, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord.
  10. O let the Earth bless the Lord; * yea, let it praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  11. O ye Mountains and Hills, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Green Things upon the earth, bless ye the Lord.
  12. O ye Wells, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Seas and Floods, bless ye the Lord.
  13. O ye Whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord: * O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord.
  14. O all ye Beasts and Cattle, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Children of Men, bless ye the Lord.
  15. O let Israël bless the Lord; * praise him, and magnify him for ever.
  16. O ye Priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: * O ye Servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
  17. O ye Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, bless ye the Lord: * O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord.
  18. O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise him and magnify him for ever:
  19. Bow Let us bless the Father and the Son, with the Holy Ghost; * let us praise him and magnify him for ever.
  20. Rise Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven; * and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.

Antiphon: O ye priests of God, bless ye the Lord : O ye servants of the Lord, sing a hymn unto God, alleluia.

Second Lesson: Acts 3:1 – End
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.

Hymn

Right wondrously set free, see, Peter freedom gains
And at the Lord’s command casts off his iron chains;
As shepherd and as guide he shews to life the way,
And from his Master’s sheep drives guileful wolves away.

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.

V. Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people.
R. And praise him in the seat of the elders.

Benedictus. St. Luke i. 68.

Antiphon: Thus said the Lord unto Simon Peter: Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.

  1. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; * for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
  2. And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, * in the house of his servant David;
  3. As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, * which have been since the world began;
  4. That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand of all that hate us.
  5. To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember his holy Covenant;
  6. To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, * that he would give us;
  7. That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve him without fear:
  8. In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
  9. And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: * for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
  10. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people * for the remission of their sins,
  11. Through the tender mercy of our God; * whereby the Day-Spring from on high hath visited us;
  12. To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be.

Antiphon: Thus said the Lord unto Simon Peter: Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.

The Reading from the Martyrology

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.

Te Deum laudamus.

¶ Not said here if it be on or after Septuagesima Sunday.

WE praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud; the Heavens, and all the Powers therein;
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry,
Bow Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;
Rise Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.
The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee;
The Father, of an infinite Majesty;
Thine adorable, true, and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

THOU art the King of Glory, O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Bow When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
Rise When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.

Genuflect We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.
Rise Make them to be numbered with thy Saints, in glory everlasting.

O LORD, save thy people, and bless thine heritage.
Govern them, and lift them up for ever.
Day by day we magnify thee;
Bow And we worship thy Name ever, world without end.
Rise Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in thee.
O Lord, in thee have I trusted; let me never be confounded.

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.

The Second Collect, for Peace.
O GOD, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Third Collect, for Grace.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Closing Versicles

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

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

A Prayer for all Conditions of Men.
O GOD, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those, who are any ways afflicted or distressed in mind, body, or estate; [especially those for whom our prayers are desired;] that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them, according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority.
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, 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.

Prayer of the Optina Elders
Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on thy holy will. Reveal thy will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of soul and with firm conviction that thy will governs all. In all my deeds and words guide my thoughts and feelings. In unexpected events, let me not forget that all are sent by thee. Teach me to act firmly and wisely, without embittering and embarrassing others. Give me the physical strength to bear the labors of this day. Direct my will, teach me to pray, pray in me. 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.

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