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Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast

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The Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast


Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 16:13-19.

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And 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."

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“ You shall be called Peter” (Jn 1:42)

Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church

Sermon attributed to Saint Augustine

“You are Peter and on this rock I shall build my Church”. He was given this name of 'Peter' because he was the first to set the foundations of the faith among the nations and because he is the indestructible rock on which rests the judgement seat and the whole edifice belonging to Christ Jesus. It was on account of his faithfulness that he was called Peter, whereas our Lord receives the same name on account of his power according to Saint Paul's words: “They drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was the Christ” (1Cor 10:4). Yes, the apostle chosen to be his co-worker merited to share the same name as Christ. They built the same building together: Peter does the planting, the Lord gives the increase, and it is the Lord, too, who sends those who will do the watering (cf. 1 Cor 3:6f.).        As you know, my beloved, it was following on from his own failure, when our Savior suffered, that blessed Peter was raised up. It was after he had denied the Lord that he became the first next to him. Rendered more faithful when he wept over the faith he had betrayed, he received a still greater grace than the one he had lost. To him Christ confided his flock so that he might guide it like a good shepherd, and he who had been so weak would now become the support of all. He who had fallen when questioned about his faith must now establish the others on the unshakeable foundations of faith. Hence he is called the foundation stone of the piety of the Churches.



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