Monday, February 20, 2006
Chair of Peter the Apostle
The 22nd of February is the feast day that commemorates when Jesus Christ chose St.Peter the Apostle to sit in his place as the servant authority of the whole Church.
In Peter the healing powers of Jesus in him is well attested like the raising of Tabitha from the dead, curing the crippled beggar. People carrying the sick into the streets so when Peter passed his shadow might fall on them etc.
Today we celebrate the unity of the Church, founded on St.Peter the Apostle , and renew our assent to the magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, (Pope Benedict XVI).
Jesus Christ made Peter the leader of the apostles and of the church (Matthew 16:18-19),
giving him the "keys of the kingdom" because Jesus Christ desired that the Church be one
Not only did Jesus Christ make him leader but also made him infallible when he acted or spoke as Christs representative on earth, this is why we as Catholics stand true and believe that when our Holy Father (Pope meaning Father) brings forth his teachings from the Chair of Peter,or known as "ex Cathedra " he is infallible by the protection that Jesus Christ promised him.
The Infallibility has been passed on through the successors (other Popes) of St.Peter, giving the Church an infallible guide on earth to lead the Church.
So St.Peter the Apostle became the first Bishop of Rome. Then Peter passed on his apostolic authority to the next Bishop of Rome, and so it was passed on and we call it "apostolic succession"
This is an unbroken chain of successors up until today where we have Pope Benedictcit XVI.
Here are some scripture references regarding this:
Matthew 16-20, "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates 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."
(this is clearly a promise from Jesus Christ to Peter, that he will build his Church on Peter, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it = infallibility)
Christ's commission to the apostles:
"All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." Matthew 28:18-20
Mark 16:15-16, "Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned."
"I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you forever. The spirit of truth . . . he shall abide with you, and shall be in you" John 14:16, 17
This is a remarkable promise that we have in Christ, to trust today that we are protected, and that Jesus Christ chose the right man to begin with being St.Peter the Apostle.
You have built Your Church on the rock of Saint Peter's confession of faith.
May nothing divide or weaken our unity in faith and love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son,who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
If i'm incorrect on any of the information just let me know.
Pictue above is the Chair of Peter
Also, on a side note , have you ever been stuck for time to read the Church Fathers? I have been telling myself to read them but haven't had the time, or at least that's what I tell myself.
Ancient and Future Catholics and ChurchYear.Net have come up with a great solution for you, if you are anything like me and want to read them.
They have come up with a Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan (.pdf) (go here for html version).
If you follow their plan, by the time Easter comes, you will have read 10 early Church Fathers and over 15 individual works from the early Church.
Chad (the guy with one of the cutest baby boys ever!) has put together one file containing all the writings of the Fathers in order!
If you are interested in doing it let us know at
Per Christum or on Jonathan's blog as they would love to hear some feedback on your choices or anything you want.
Although I am a contributor on the Per Christum blog and Anicient & Future Catholics, I did not come up with any of this, nor take credit for it.
Although i'm going to do the reading program for Lent.