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Chair of St. Peter

February 22, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Feast!
(And Ember Friday)

I’m including a few notes on liturgical celebrations
so you’ll know why I’m making such a big deal about today’s feast :).
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Optional memorial: the lowest rank of celebration on the Church calendar.
It may be ignored or celebrated as the presider wishes.
During Lent, all memorials become optional memorials and do not change the liturgical color.

Memorial: the next step up–a memorial may not be ignored.
It changes the liturgical color of the day, and is incorporated in the opening prayer at Mass
as well as in the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Feast: another step up. Feasts change the liturgical color,
have readings specific to the celebration (some memorials do, some don’t),
and are celebrated with the “Gloria”.
Feasts take precedence over even weekdays of Lent.

Solemnity: the highest rank of liturgical celebration.
Solemnities have the same rank as Sundays (if a Solemnity falls on a Sunday of Ordinary Time,
we still celebrate the Solemnity–otherwise Sundays take precedence over other celebrations). Solemnities also change the liturgical color, have three readings (as opposed to the usual weekday two) which are specific to the occasion, include the praying of the Creed, and are celebrated with the “Gloria”.
They also overrule the Friday fast.
The observance of a Solemnity begins with Evening Prayer of the preceding day
and it may have a vigil Mass.
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Entrance Antiphon:
The Lord says to Simon Peter:
I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail,
and, once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.

Collect:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that no tempests may disturb us,
for You have set us fast
on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s profession of faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
I Peter 5:1-4 (St. Peter says, “Priests, shepherd your flock generously and lovingly”)
Psalm 23: 1-6 “The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want”
+Matthew 16:13-19 (Peter identifies Jesus as God and is given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven)

The Kingdom’s weight
is staggering
and though the gates of death
cannot prevail,
still, still they hurl themselves
in fury
at the Church.

This is no job for wimps.

That’s why God built
on rock.

Anyone who hears My words and puts them into practise
is like the wise man who built his house on rock.
When the rainy season set in,
the torrents came and the winds blew and buffeted his house.
It did not collapse;
it had been solidly set on rock.
-Matthew 7:24-25

I for My part declare to you,
you are “Rock,”
and on this rock I will build My Church
-Matthew 16:18

That’s what the “Chair” is all about–
the power to stand fast
against assault,
exposing lies,
promoting Truth
and building up the Kingdom
here on earth
beneath the Cross.

This, Peter does,
whole-heartedly
and willingly,
a shepherd under orders
from the Lord.
Throughout millennia
the charge is taken up
and carried on.

We are secure.

Thank God for popes!

Obey your superiors and be subject to them,
for they keep watch as having to render an account of your souls
so that they may do this with joy, and not with grief,
for that would not be expedient for you
~Hebrews 13:17

How have you availed yourself of the pope’s gift of leadership,
his protection against the gates of hell and ability to set you free?

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