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“They hanged upon a tree Him Who stretches out the earth; they transfixed Him with nails Who laid firm the foundation of the world; they circumscribed Him Who circumscribed the heavens; they bound Him who frees sinners.” (St. Alexander of Alexandria, Letters, 5.5)

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle


Today we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle. 

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle Feast—February 22 While the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29, focuses on the martyrdom of St. Peter, this celebration draws attention to his role in the Church. The “Chair of St. Peter” is an image of his seat of authority—an authority that was given not for his own personal gain but so that he could be a source of unity for the Church. Jesus told Peter, “I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22:32). Today, this feast reminds us of the significance of the ministry of St. Peter and the succession of popes who followed in his footsteps.


Jesus told Peter, "I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers." (Lk 22:32)


In honor of St. Peter, our first pope, say a prayer for priests today.

Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need
to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.


"So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you." (1 Pt 5:6-7)

To read the Papal Message for Lent click on the link below or select 'Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2018' from the News/Events drop-down menu above.  



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