DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     February 19-21, 1999     vol. 10, no. 35

DAILY LITURGY

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Friday, February 19, 1999

      First Reading: Isaiah 58: 1-9
      Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-6, 18-19
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 9: 14-15

Saturday, February 20, 1999

      First Reading: Isaiah 58: 9-14
      Psalms: Psalm 86: 1-6, 11
      Gospel Reading: Luke 5: 27-32

SUNDAY, February 21, 1999

      First Reading: Genesis 2: 7-9; 3: 1-7
      Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-6, 12-14, 17
      Second Reading: Romans 5: 12-19
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 4: 1-11

Monday, February 22, 1999

      First Reading: 1 Peter 5: 1-4
      Psalms: Psalm 23: 1-6
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 16: 13-19

FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER

          This feast, designated for February 22, commemorates the first service in Rome by the first Pope in Rome - Saint Peter who established the see of Antioch. He is said to have sat on a portable chair that ultimately became the "chair of Peter" and which is a liturgical emphasis on the apostolic succession, the episcopacy within Holy Mother Church and the unbroken line of pontiffs since Peter. The chair is preserved in the Vatican with evidence of this being the authentic chair dating back to the second century. It was officially made a feast day in the Roman Calendar in 394 to coincide with the day the Romans commemorated their deceased. It was first celebrated at the old St. Peter's Basilica in Rome during the middle of the fifth century, preceded by an all night vigil with the Holy Father present. In the eighth century the Franks moved the feast to January 21 while the rest of Europe virtually ignored the feast altogether. However, at the beginning of the eleventh century it was revived and observed on February 22 where it has been fixed ever since.

February 19-21, 1999       volume 10, no. 35
LITURGY

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