Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Chair of St. Peter

St. Peter was a fisherman whom Jesus called to become a ‘fisher of men’. He was the leader of apostles and is often mentioned in the Bible. He tried to walk on water towards Jesus and was also present at the scene of the Transfiguration. He denied Jesus three times when the Lord was arrested, but repented later. St. Peter is the first Pope of the Church as Jesus called him the ‘rock on which My Church will be built’. He was also given the Keys of the Kingdom of God. When the Romans condemned him, he asked to be crucified upside down as he felt unworthy to die in the same way as Jesus did. The feast day of the Chair of St. Peter commemorates his office as the first Bishop of Rome and is celebrated on 22 February.

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