Happy Feast of the Chair of St. Peter!

Christ Giving Peter the Keys of Paradise, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

A happy and most blessed feast of the Chair of St. Peter! Today is a patronal feast of the FSSP and a first-class feast for us, so we invite you to join us in celebrating this joyful day. Today was once divided into two feasts – the feast of St. Peter’s chair at Antioch, formerly kept on January 18th, and that of his chair at Rome, kept on this day – but the two were eventually combined and we celebrate the combined feast today. January 18th still marks, however, the opening of the Church Unity Octave, a week of prayer dedicated to the unity of all people under the authority of Rome. Both the January Octave and today’s feast offer us particular opportunities to pray that all may come into the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church, founded on the rock of Peter, an intention that Christ Himself desired so greatly: “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16).

Today, members of the FSSP and the Confraternity of St. Peter can gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. If you would like to learn more about how you can spiritually support the Fraternity through membership in the Confraternity, click here. +

Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

– Matthew 16:18

February 22, 2020