22 February 2018 Thursday of the First Week of Lent and the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

22 February 2018 Thursday of the First Week of Lent and the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

1 Peter 5:1-4, Psalms 23, Matthew 16:13-19

1 Peter 5:1-3 –  “So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed.   Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.”

Matthew 16:14-19 –  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father, who is in heaven.   And I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it.   I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.”lent - thursday of the first week - 22 feb 2018

Organisations develop and thrive under enlightened leadership and through the hard work of dedicated members. The Church is not different. She has rendered amazing service to human society, starting with just twelve members, because at every period of history, she has had committed and perceptive leaders to guide her, always, under the main leader, God, the Holy Spirit.

Today, Peter asks his fellow Church-workers, to fulfil their duty with joy, not out of compulsion or for any material advantage.   He himself was entrusted with the mission of guiding and caring for the destinies of the early Christian community, in spite of his limitations.   One of his great distinctions was that he was the first to confess, before his brethren, that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, this is the source and ground of the whole operation.   Many others had seen in Jesus a gifted prophet.   But God reveals His Son to those whom He chooses.

Those who are open to God’s ways, not only recognise Him for what He really is but become eager to take His message to the ends of the earth.   They listen for His voice! And this is the end result of our Lenten penances, to become those lights in our world, to become those Catholics who truly resemble their Founder, those Catholics who pray, who love, who live charity and thus, by their lives, they preach the Good News to all who meet them!   ArchBishop Thomas Menamparampil SCB

Hearing the Voice of God:  A man practised in woodcraft, out of a babel of sounds in a tropical forest, will recognise any one.   He may hear the calls of a hundred, a thousand, different species of birds, squawking, hooting, whistling, singing but he says, “There! Listen to the note of such and such a bird.”   The novice strains his ears but cannot catch the particular sound.   “I listen,” says he, “but I cannot recognise it.   How can you know it?”   And the master says, “I could tell that note if every leaf on every tree had a different voice and all were speaking.   I could tell that note in the midst of any tumult.”

So, the man who knows the voice of God, hears it anywhere – in the midst of crowded streets, at an entertainment, on a battle field, in his soul, even when temptation is making pandemonium within.   He can recognise the voice of God anywhere…– Father James M Gillis – A Thought a Day for Lent, by Father James M Gillis, C.S.P

O Jesus, living in Mary
By Fr Jean-Jacques Olier, S.S. (1608-1657)

O Jesus, living in Mary,
Come and live in Your servants,
In the spirit of Your sanctity,
In the fullness of Your strength.
In the reality of Your virtues.
In the perfection of Your ways.
In the communion of Your mysteries.
Be lord over every opposing power.
In Your own Spirit, to the glory of the Father.

Fr Jean-Jacques Olier (20 September 1608 – 2 April 1657) was a French priest and the founder of the Sulpicians.   (Prayer a Day for Lent, compiled from approved sources by Father Albert A Murray, C.S.P.)o jesus, living in mary - 22 feb 2018


Thought for the Day – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Thought for the Day – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Today’s celebration highlights the role of Peter and his Successors in steering the barque of the Church across this “ocean”….  Let us thank God together for founding His Church on the rock of Peter.   As the opening prayer suggests, let us pray intensely that amid the upheavals of the world, she may not be shaken but advance with courage and trust.

By virtue of the transforming experience of the Good Shepherd, Peter described himself, in his Letter to the Churches of Asia Minor, as “a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed” (1 Pt 5: 1).   He urges “the elders” to tend the flock of God and become examples to it (cf. 1 Pt 5: 2-3).   Today, dear friends, this exhortation is addressed particularly to you, whom the Good Shepherd has wished to associate in the most eminent way with the ministry of Peter’s Successor.   Be faithful to your mission and ready to lay down your lives for the Gospel.   The Lord is asking this of you, and the Christian people who have gathered around you today with joy and affection expect it of you.

“I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Lk 22: 32).   This is what the Lord said to Simon Peter at the Last Supper.   Jesus’ words, fundamental for Peter and his Successors, also spread light and comfort to those who cooperate more closely in their ministry.   Today, …Christ is repeating to each of you:  “I have prayed for you” that your faith will not fail in the situations in which your fidelity to Christ, to the Church, to the Pope, may be put to the greatest test.

May this prayer, which never ceases to flow from the Good Shepherd’s heart, always be your strength!   Have no doubt that just as it was for Christ and for Peter, so it will be for you:  your most effective witness will always be one that is marked by the Cross.   The Cross is God’s chair in the world.   On it Christ has offered humanity the most important lesson, that of loving one another as He has loved us (cf. Jn 13: 34): even to the ultimate gift of oneself.feast of the chair of st peter - 22 feb 2018 - today's celebration highlights - st john paul

The Mother of Christ and of the disciples, Mary Most Holy, always stands beneath the Cross.   The Lord entrusted us to her when He said:  “Woman, behold, your son!” (Jn 19: 26).   Since the Blessed Virgin, Mother of the Church, protected Peter and the Apostles in a special way, she will not fail to protect the Successor of Peter and his collaborators.  May this consoling certainty encourage you not to be afraid of trials and difficulties.  But, reassured by God’s constant protection, let us obey together the command of Christ, who vigorously asked Peter, and with him the Church, to put out into the deep: “Duc in altum” (Lk 5: 4).   Yes, dear Brothers, let us put out into the deep, let us cast our nets for the catch and let us “go forward in hope!”  (Novo millennio ineunte, n. 58).

Christ, the Son of the living God, is the same yesterday and today and forever. Amen!…Excerpt from the Homily of St John Paul on Thursday, 22 February 2001, Feast of Saint Peter’s Chair

St Peter Pray for Holy Mother Church, Pray for us all!st peter - pray for us - 22 feb 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

Quote/s of the Day – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

“The universal Church, that is,
the faithful everywhere, must be
in agreement with this Church
because of her outstanding superiority.”

St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (130-202) Father of the Churchthe universal church - st irenaeus - 22 feb 2018

“He who deserts the
Chair of Peter, upon whom
the Church was founded,
does he trust himself
to be IN the Church?”

(De Catholicae Ecclesiae Unitate, 251)

St Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage and Martyr (200-258) Father of the Churchhe who deserts the chair of peter - st cyprian - 22 feb 2018



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One Minute Reflection – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

One Minute Reflection – 22 February – The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter

“On this rock I will build my Church”…Matthew 16:18on-this-rock-matthew-16-18.22 feb 2017

REFLECTION – “How blessed is the Church of Rome, on which the Apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood!” (De Praescriptione Hereticorum, 36)…….Tertullianhow blessed is the church of rome - tertullian - 22 feb 2018
“I decided to consult the Chair of Peter, where that faith is found exalted by the lips of an Apostle;  I now come to ask for nourishment for my soul there, where once I received the garment of Christ.   I follow no leader save Christ, so I enter into communion with Your beatitude, that is, with the Chair of Peter, for this I know is the rock upon which the Church is built.” (cf. Le lettere I, 15, 1-2)…………..St Jerome  (343-420)  Father & Doctori-decided-to-consult-the-chair-of-peter-st-jerome-22feb 2017

PRAYER – Holy Father, send Your Divine Enlightener into the hearts of all Your faithful, filling us with the strength to fulfil our mission as the followers of the Chair of St Peter. And most of all, we pray Lord Holy God to inspire and light the way of our Holy Father, Francis.   Sustain and guide him, keep him in health and strength, to lead Your people by the Light of the Way and the Truth.   Holy Father, have mercy on us, Holy Spirit guide and lead us, Lord Jesus Christ be our intercessor and teacher, feb 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 22 February – Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Our Morning Offering – 22 February – Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Penitential Prayer
St Jerome (343-420) Father & Doctor of the Church

Show me, O Lord, Your mercy
and delight my heart with it.
Let me find You whom I so longingly seek.
Behold, here is the man
whom the robbers seized, manhandled
and left half dead on the road to Jericho.
Kind-hearted Samaritan,
come to my aid!
I am the sheep who wandered into the wilderness.
Seek after me
and bring me home again to Your fold.
Do with me according to Your Will,
that I may abide with You,
all the days of my life
and praise You with all those
who are with You
in heaven for all eternity.
Amenpenintential prayer - st jerome - 22 feb 2018


Feast of the Chair of St Peter/Cathedra Petri– 22 February

Feast of the Chair of St Peter/Cathedra Petri– 22 February – The Chair is the cathedra of St Peter’s Basilica.   Cathedra is Latin for “chair” or “throne” and denominates the chair or seat of a bishop, hence “cathedral” denominates the Bishop’s church in an episcopal see.   The Popes formerly used the Chair.    It is distinct from the Papal Cathedra in St John Lateran Archbasilica, also in Rome, which is the actual cathedral church of the Pope, because the Cathedra he currently and officially sits upon is in its apse.



When the pope cautions world leaders, pleads for peace, or condemns social injustice, people listen and respond.   What makes the world listen to this man?   The answer lies in Scripture and in Tradition.   Peter is named first among the apostles of Jesus;  he was often their spokesman and leader;  he was the first to preach after Pentecost;  and he was the leader in defending Christ and his message.   Peter was at the Transfiguration and in the garden.

He proclaimed to Jesus, “You are the Christ,” and Christ singled him out:

“So I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18–19)

Jesus prayed for Peter that he might strengthen his brothers. (Luke 22:32)   And Jesus gave Peter a threefold commission to “feed my sheep.” (John 21:15–17)


From the beginning, the primacy, of Peter has been recognised.   On the feast of the Chair of Peter, we celebrate our unity as a Church.   We celebrate the love, presence and protection of Christ for us, the Church.   The title Chair of Peter refers to the chair from which a bishop presided, a symbol of his authority.   When the title refers to Saint Peter, it recalls the supreme teaching power of Peter and his successors.   It is from the chair, from the pastoral power given him, that the pope shepherds Christ’s flock.cathedra-altar

Last year’s post has a homily from Pope Benedict:

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Feast of the Chair of St Peter and Memorials of the Saints – 22 February

The Chair of Saint Peter (Feast)

St Ailius of Alexandria
St Angelus Portasole
St Aristion of Salamis
St Athanasius of Nicomedia
St Baradates of Cyrrhus
Bl Diego Carvalho
St Elwin
Bl Émilie d’Oultremont d’Hoogvorst
Bl Isabella of France
St John the Saxon
St Limnaeus
St Margaret of Cortona
St Maximian of Ravenna
St Miguel Facerías Garcés
St Mohammed Abdalla
St Papias of Heirapolis
St Paschasius of Vienne
St Raynerius of Beaulieu
St Thalassius

Martyrs of Arabia – A memorial for all the unnamed Christians martyred in the desert and mountainous areas south of the Dead Sea during the persecutions of Emperor Valerius Maximianus Galerius.