Liturgical Colour : Red
Lectio Actuum Apostolorum – Lesson from the Acts of the Apostles
Acts 12 : 1-11
In diebus illis : Misit Herodes rex manus, ut affligeret quosdam de Ecclesia. Occidit autem Jacobum fratrem Joannis gladio. Videns autem, quia placeret Judaeis, apposuit, ut apprehenderet et Petrum. Erant autem dies azymorum. Quem cum apprehendisset, misit in carcerem, tradens quatuor quaternionibus militum custodiendum, volens post Pascha producere eum populo.
Et Petrus quidem servabatur in carcere. Oratio autem fiebat sine intermissione ab Ecclesia ad Deum pro eo. Cum autem producturus eum esset Herodes, in ipsa nocte erat Petrus dormiens inter duos milites, vinctus catenis duabus : et custodes ante ostium custodiebant carcerem.
Et ecce, Angelus Domini astitit : et lumen refulsit in habitaculo : percussoque latere Petri, excitavit eum, dicens : Surge velociter. Et ceciderunt catenae de manibus ejus. Dixit autem Angelus ad eum : Praecingere, et calcea te caligas tuas. Et fecit sic. Et dixit illi : Circumda tibi vestimentum tuum, et sequere me. Et exiens sequebatur eum, et nesciebat quia verum est, quod fiebat per Angelum : existimabat autem se visum videre.
Transeuntes autem primam et secundam custodiam, venerunt ad portam ferream, quae ducit ad civitatem : quae ultro aperta est eis. Et exeuntes processerunt vicum unum : et continuo discessit Angelus ab eo. Et Petrus ad se reversus, dixit : Nunc scio vere, quia misit Dominus Angelum suum, et eripuit me de manu Herodis et de omni exspectatione plebis Judaeorum.
In those days, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to afflict some of the Church, and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword, and seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes, and when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
Peter therefore was kept in prison, but prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the room and he struck Peter on the side, raised him up saying, “Arise quickly!” And the chains fell off from his hands, and the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals,” and he did so, and he said to him, “Cast your garment about you and follow me.” And going out he followed him, and he did not know that it was true and real what was done by the angel, as he thought that he saw a vision.
And passing through the first and the second ward, they came to the iron gate that led to the city, which by itself was opened to them, and going out, they passed on through one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And Peter coming to himself, said, “Now I know in very deed that the Lord had sent His angel and had delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.”