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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

February 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Praying Through Art

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

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“Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God's people many bishops and many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved, how great and wonderful is this sharing in his power that God in his goodness has given to this man. Whatever Christ has willed to be shared in common by Peter and the other leaders of the Church, it is only through Peter that he has given to others what he has not refused to bestow on them.

“The Lord now asks the apostles as aa whole what men think of him. As long as they are recounting the uncertainty born of human ignorance, their reply is always the same.

“But when he presses the disciples to say what they think themselves, the first to confess his faith in the Lord is hte one who is first in rank among the apostles.

“Peter says: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' Jesus replies: ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven.'” (From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope, from the Second Reading, Liturgy of the Hours).


Art: Chair of Saint Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica, 03.05.2008, Sergey Smirnov, CC, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography.

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  • LizEst

    Thank you for this Ariel. Let us pray mightily for the Chair of Peter, our current Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, the College of Cardinals and our future Holy Father.

    Isn’t it wonderful that our Lord is with us always and that the gates of hell will never prevail?

  • 7cathy17

    Very Nice and it is also the 82nd year that Our Lord appeared to Saint Faustina requesting
    Paint and Image according to what you see…..and the Church prevails

  • Midget01

    I would love to know the thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI on this very special Feast. We know the Pope is praying for St. Peter’s guidance and working together with him to elect our next Pope. It has to be awesome to be in his position to really feel that close to God and others that have already made it.

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