Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Chair of St. Peter


The feast of the chair of St. Peter is always a great occasion for the Church to pray for the Pope. how much more this year does this feast call to mind the importance of prayer for our Pope. Let's take this moment to pray for Pope Benedict XVI, for the Cardinals who will elect his successor  and for the soon to be named successor to the chair of St. Peter. 

The feast celebrates the primacy of Peter and his successors' the Pope. The great sculpture (see left) of the chair of St. Peter houses the wood fragments of a chair believed to be St. Peter's. The chair seems to float in midair supported by four great doctors of the Church, Sts Augustine and Ambrose of the West and Sts. Athanasius and John Chrysostom of the East. On this feast day the chair is covered in hundreds of candles. If you click on the photo you might be able to see them.

The other tradition for today's feast is the statue of St. Peter within the basilica is dressed in regal vestments. The interesting feature of this particular statue is that his foot is almost worn away by the number of pilgrims who rub it each day.

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