Friday, February 22, 2008

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

"Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam, et portae inferi non pravalebunt adversus eam."

"Peter holds the primacy so as to show that Christ's Church is one, that his Chair is one. God is one. The Lord is one. The Church is one. The Chair founded by Christ is one."

St. Cyprian, Third Century.

"In Peter the strength of all is strengthened."

St. Leo the Great.

"What else could we ask of Peter for our own good; what else could we offer in his honour other than our believing exactly what he believed, which is the origin of our spiritual health, and the promise he demands of us to be strong in the Faith?"

Pope Paul VI


Kimberly said...

Maybe you can answer a question for me: What is the origin of the feast of the chair of St. Peter? At daily mass in the priest's sermon he said it came from a practice in the early church when people used to go visit the graves of their loved ones, they would bring a chair for them? something along those lines anyway, and I don't quite remember what he said about how that led to the estab. of the feast. All I know is that it sounded kind of odd, so wanted confirmation from a priest I trust.

the owl of the remove said...

Yes, he's right - they didn't know the exact date of Peter's death, so this day became the Feast - and the Chair, of course, is the symbol of his authority.