The Mass of St Peter and Paul

Entry:  ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ‘Blessed are you, Simon bar Jonah.’
Glory to the Father, glory to the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.
‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ ‘Blessed are you, Simon bar Jonah.’

You are the Christ

The Kyrie  

Glory to God in the highest,  and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. 

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,  Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,  have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,  receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,  have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 12: 1-11

‘Now I know the Lord really did save me from Herod’

King Herod started persecuting certain members of the Church. He beheaded James the brother of John, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews he decided to arrest Peter as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread, and he put Peter in prison, assigning four squads of four soldiers each to guard him in turns. Herod meant to try Peter in public after the end of Passover week. All the time Peter was under guard the Church prayed to God for him unremittingly.

On the night before Herod was to try him, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with double chains, while guards kept watch at the main entrance to the prison. Then suddenly the angel of the Lord stood there, and the cell was filled with light. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him. ‘Get up!’ he said ‘Hurry!’ – and the chains fell from his hands. The angel then said, ‘Put on your belt and sandals.’ After he had done this, the angel next said, ‘Wrap your cloak round you and follow me.’ Peter followed him, but had no idea that what the angel did was all happening in reality; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed through two guard posts one after the other, and reached the iron gate leading to the city. This opened of its own accord; they went through it and had walked the whole length of one street when suddenly the angel left him. It was only then that Peter came to himself. ‘Now I know it is all true’ he said. ‘The Lord really did send his angel and has saved me from Herod and from all that the Jewish people were so certain would happen to me.’

Psalm 33: 


I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.

I will thank the Lord in joy and sorrow, my tongue shall always tell his praise;
In the Lord alone my spirit glories; the sad at heart take heart anew.
I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.

Turn your face to God, and shine in splendour, his presence drives away all fear;
When the poor cry out, the Lord is list’ning, he rescues them in all their needs.
I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.

Like an army, angels gather round us, to shelter those who fear his name.
Taste and see how gracious is his goodness! How happy those who trust in God !
I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.

Keep your tongue from speaking any evil, your lips from any lying word;
Turn aside from wrong to ways of goodness, and always seek the paths of peace.
I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.

God will set his face against the wicked; their name will fade beyond recall;
He will turn to hear his faithful servants, and give them what they ask in love.

I will bless your goodness, God, my Father.  You make me one with Christ, your Son.


A reading from the 2nd Letter to Timothy 4: 6-8, 17-18

All there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me

My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.

The Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation Mt 16:18

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Matthew 16:13-19 ©

You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’

The Apostles Creed:


We pray for the Church:  As we honour Sts Peter and Paul we pray for the whole church, and particularly for Pope Francis and those who lead the churches throughout the world – that the faith and courage of Sts Peter and Paul may impel them – and us to – renew the quest for a fuller unity in the church.  Lord, hear us

Remembering the humanity and weaknesses of the apostles we pray for ourselves that we may be able to grow in faith , hope and love,
and be a source of strength to all our sisters and brothers.   Lord, hear us

We pray for all affected by the violence in Glasgow City Centre this week: the dead,  the injured and all who are caring for them. 
Lord, hear us.

In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for healing for all who are ill or anxious,   for the housebound within our families and community, including Fred Newman, Sean Fitzgerald, Alec Howie, Bessie Malane, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt, Rae McVey, John Gibson, Mary Kerr, Eleanor Reid, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them.  We pray also for those who serve the country in the armed forces. Lord, hear us

We pray for those who have died recently including Mary McNeil, Mary McLellan, Martha McCluskey, David Farrell and Calum Scrimgeour, and Denis McKay. We pray for those who mourn, for those whose anniversary falls about now including May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, Hugh Wallace, Mary Coyle, and Jim Hargan.    Lord, hear us



Church Open: Thanks to all who helped prepare the church for visits.  It has been open from 11.00 – 11.30 daily.  We are thinking of having an Evening Hour some day from 6.00 – 7.00 or 7.00 – 8.00 with some input re praying for those affected by the corona virus – and all who are ill or anxious.  Any suggestions welcome.



sort code 20-98-61       Acct No   13514919.      Cheques should be made out to LET THE CHILDREN LIVE.

George McAleenan writes:

We are small charity which works among the street children in Medellin, Colombia. Until about a couple of months ago were were looking after nearly 500 children which also included child refugees with their mothers who had fled from their Homes in Venezuela and also poor families living in the shanty towns.  With the arrival of the dreaded coronavirus our income has collapsed and we have had to cut back on all our projects with the children.   

Fr Peter Walters, our founder, and his staff now spend their time making up and distributing food parcels to over 1000 people.   A third of our school lenten visits were cancelled and also 4 parish appeals were cancelled. On top of these a number of fundraising events were also cancelled. We incurred a loss of several thousands of £s and this meant we had to cease most of our work among the street children. 

The virus has now reached the are of the city where the charity has one of our houses.This could prove to be catastrophic to the local population.Let’s pray it does not.As you can imagine the areas where the very poor try to find a living is the worst place to find the Covid.Shanty towns are real horrible places.I still have terrible memories of these places after 16 years experiencing the’ living conditions’ there.

I really need to try and find some new supporters.I just can’t keep appealing to the same people all the time no matter how generous they are.   I need to make contact with more people who are at the moment unknown to me and the charity.    One of the problems is that I am the only person in Scotland who is a volunteer for this lovely wee charity.

Thanks   George McAleenan   Promoter for the charity in Scotland


RADIOALBA.ORG has been functioning as a computer based christian radio station for almost 7 years, as a part of modern evangelisation.
There is also a webpage and a facebook which we are developing
It majors on Morning, School, Evening and Night Prayer, and now has recorded Masses daily.
It introduces the Sunday and daily readings, and it draws attention to the good works that the Church and the churches
are doing through our half-hour Magazine.
 the weekly schedule is really quite straightforward: –
7.00:   1 morning hour repeated from 7.00 – 12.00.  Prayers, scripture notes and Magazine
12.00: 2 hour lunchtime slot : Mass ecumenical Chatterbox, and music (repeated at 6.00 p.m.)

8.00 p.m. evening hour  – Vespers(20 minutes), Magazine (30 minutes) , Compline (10 minutes) – repeated at 9.00 and 10.00.

This week:

12.00m and 6.00 on Sunday:   the Mass of Sts Peter and Paul is led by Fr Joseph Sullivan, parish priest of Holy Cross Church in Croy. The reader is Brother Julian Harrison, and the Intercessor is Annette Carachi.  The music comes from the files of the St Mungo Singers with cantor Grace Buckley, harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett.

12.00m and 6.00 Monday – Saturday:   Mass in Time of Pandemic this week is led by Fr Gerry Fitzpatrick, St Leo’s, Dumbreck, with reader Stephen Eric Smyth, Intercessor Jean Swinbank.  The music comes from the files of the St Mungo Singers with cantor Grace Buckley, harpist Noel Donnelly, and organists Jane McKenna and Jacqueline Barrett.

In our Magazine: 7.30 and hourly: Marian Pallister reports on issues of gender equality, quality education and racism.  Fr Tom Magill reflects on the ‘call’ in the readings for the 12th Sunday of the Year; Annette Carachi reports on Pope Francis’s concern about the danger of political hypocracy; and finally Brother Julian Harris reads the Catholic Union of Great Britain’s letter to the Chancellor re the punitive Family Tax.


Service for people affected by the violence in Glasgow this week:
GCT Service 27th June

Let us pray:

Our city is shocked by the sudden chaos in our midst, the stabbing of six and the death of one.
We pray for those who were injured, for those who care for them in hospital and for those anxious for their healing.
We give thanks for the bravery shown in trying to bring resolution.
We pray for the one who has died: May God, in his loving mercy, give him peace
We ask for comfort for those whose loved ones are bound up in the incident and guidance for all who can support them.
We pray for those who live with anxiety and fear.
We pray for a healing of all wounds caused by lack of understanding,  historic grievances, or personal distress or illness.


to be continued . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .