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PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
Today we honor the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter with the Preface for today's Mass:
It is truly right and just to give You thanks, Almighty and Everlasting God, and to admire Your greatness, especially in the saints that You raised up fosr the support of Your Church. With remarkable wisdom the Church was prefigured in the Old Testament, and when the time was fulfilled, You established it on the foundation of the apostles. From among them You chose Peter, who was the first to recognize the Divinity of Christ, and You made him the solid rock on which Your Church would be built. You have constituted him as guide and custodian of Your entire flock so that throughout the centuries he could strengthen his brethren. Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, gave him the keys of the kingdom so that whatever he decided on earth, You, O Father, would ratify in Heaven. Today we devoutly celebrate the singular and provident charge that was committed to the head of the apostles, as we join the choirs of angels and sing a hymn to Your glory.
The final days of Jesus' public ministry
Meditative Lessons on the Sorrowful Mysteries
Today we begin Lesson 2 on the Mysteries of the Rosary. The first part is a prophetic "intuition" to the Hidden Flower's spiritual director before beginning her interior vision of Jesus on his way to the House of Lazarus. For part one of Lesson 2 of this series we will continue to bring you daily throughout Lent, click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"
Columbia's Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos heads the Congregation for the Clergy
Our twenty-second red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Dario Hoyos Castrillon current President of the Congregation for the Clergy and one of the newest cardinals. For more on Cardinal Castrillon, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
312 and counting,
hoping and praying...
Medjugorje Monthly Message for JANUARY 25th
Dear children! I again invite you to prayer. You have no excuse to work more because nature still lies in deep sleep. Open yourselves in prayer. Renew prayer in your families. Put Holy Scripture in a visible place in your families, read it, reflect on it and learn how God loves His people. His love shows itself also in present times because He sends me to call you upon the path of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
THE DAILY WORD"...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
- Installment Ninety-four in our on-going megaseries THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH
- Another pertinent editorial in CATHOLIC PewPOINT
- Messages 405 and 406 in "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
- Time Capsules in Church History with MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES focusing on February 23rd.
- Short gems from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in SIMPLY SHEEN
- Daily Dose of Ecclesial facts in CATHOLIC CANVAS
- Part Two of Chapter Two of "IT IS CONSUMMATED!
- Another new Catholic site in SITE OF THE DAY
- DAILY LITURGY for Lenten Time for Tuesday and Wednesday plus the optional Feast of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr tomorrow.
- ...and much more in our 37th issue for 1999!
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Feast of the Chair of Peter
Today is the Feast of the CHAIR OF SAINT PETER, one of three feasts celebrated in white vestments during Lent. The other two will be the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th and the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th. Other than that the next time we see white vestments will be on Holy Thursday. Tomorrow we return to Lenten time shared with the optional commemoration of the martyred bishop Saint Polycarp. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these feasts, click on DAILY LITURGY.
- Pope and Arafat plan Bethlehem 2000; discuss concept of duo capitols in Jerusalem
- Muslims muscle 200,000 Sudanese Catholics into desert exile
- Romania papal trip could be a risk either opening doors or keeping them sealed tighter warns Romanian Orthodox rep
- Pope urges Roman clergy to promote evangelization of the Word
These headlines and more are featured in today's NEWS & VIEWS below.
Contemporary and Tradition must be in harmony in meshing science and philosophy with faith as the Holy Father concludes his encyclical Chair of Peter
The Chair of Peter is actually three chairs; one a ceremonial portable wood chair in St. Peter's Basilica that many believe was first used by the Apostle Saint Peter to declare the Divinity of Jesus after he had arrived in Rome. That chair is located behind the main altar below the great circular window depicting the Holy Spirit. Another is built into the wall in the marble apse which is not usable but symbolic of the apostolic succession, hierarchy and authority of the Church. The third is a bronze replica by the sculptor Bernini of Peter sitting in the chair. This is located jutting out from one of the four great pillars supporting the dome and is to the right of the main altar near the entrance to the crypt below. The feast was first established by Pope Saint Mark who also instituted the Pallium and published the first Roman calendar of religious feastdays. As early as 394 there were two feasts commemorating the Chair of Peter, one celebrated on January 18 which was celebrated in France until the eight century, and the February 22nd feast focused on Peter founding the See of Antioch. In the 11th century it was extended to the universal Church, some say by Pope Saint Leo IX who transferred the feast for the See of Rome to February 22nd and eliminated the Antioch reference because of the Eastern Schism which occurred during his pontificate. For more details on the Chair of Peter, we recommend New Advent Encyclopedia. (sources: Saints of the Roman Calendar, Alba House; 1999 Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor, Publisher; Catholic Encyclopedia, Thomas Nelson Publishers; Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Doubleday).
On the feast of one of the first women Doctors of the Church Saint Teresa of Jesus, the Holy Father issued his 13th encyclical on the foundations of faith and reason entitled Fides et Ratio. Today we complete his encyclical with the nineteeth and final installment in which the Holy Father concludes with a plethora of points and proof of the necessity of faith and reason being in harmony from a contemporary perspective as well as traditional. He closes by asking all to call upon the Blessed Mother, Seat of Wisdom. For those wanting to read the entire encyclical, go to Fides et Ratio For the final installment, click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS.
What ever happened to the Novus Ordo the Vatican II Council Fathers decreed?
In his column today, Pat Ludwa begins a two part series in an effort to answer that question and others, citing the documents of Vatican II to prove that what is happening in many parishes today is an aberration and not what was intended for the true Sacrifice of the Mass. Find out the truth of the purpose for which the Novus Ordo was truly intended in part one of his column titled Mass Confusion. For more, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW
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The character of true faithfulnessEvents in Church History
Today is the anniversary of the death of one Sovereign Pontiff - Pope Lucius II in 1145 and the election of two other Vicars of Christ - Blessed Pope Euguene III, who was elected on the same day as Lucian's death, and Pope Pius VI in 1775 the Pope who ruled during the American Independence and Napoleon's vanquishing of Rome and the Pope. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".
"Faithfulness in great things is not uncommon; faithfulness in little things is rare but most indicative of true character."
"I weep because the offenses of my children against God daily multiply."
It was on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows that the Blessed Mother conveyed those words to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #404 in which she urged all to pray and not to wait for the signs to convert. She prefaces this with Message #403 where she extolls all that the Father's Justice is coming and to stay the course in our faith. For these two Messages from Our Lady, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."
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Arafat proposes unique compromise concept to settling Jerusalem controversy in meeting with Pope
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meeting with the Holy Father, and later at a UN meeting, proposed a unique compromise concept in settling the controversy surrounding Jerusalem. Though he mistakenly equated Rome and the Vatican to Jerusalem's status, his suggestion of co-habitation of Jerusalem as the capitol of both Palestine and Israel has merit in much the same manner as Berlin with the Eastern portion of Jerusalem governed by Palestine and the Western side belonging to Israel. For more, click on The Pope and Palestine.
Sudanese Catholics know what Jews felt during their exodus as refugees are exiled to the desert outside Khartoum
With civil war raging in the Sudan, hundreds of thousands of Catholic refugees have been displaced from their makeshift shanty homeland outside Khartoum, driven out into the scorching, arid desert to fend for themselves with all privileges and government amenities denied them as the Muslims continue to try to eradicate Christianity from this area. For more, click on simmering in the Sudan.
Orthodox leader warns Pope not to get his hopes too high in resolving differences between Rome and Orthodox Church
All bets are off concerning results of Papal visit to Romania this May. That's the summation the Romanian Orthodox Archpriest Victor Petlyuchenko, representing the Patriarch, expressed last week when asked about what could come of the Holy Father's first visit ever to a predominantly Orthodox country. He expressed hope that differences could be resolved but for the Pope to realize the centuries of prejudice and resentment that both Churches have grown accustomed to and that change is highly unlikely. He also didn't think the Russian Orthodox Church would be too open to the Pope visiting Moscow as Pope John Paul II has openly expressed a desire to do. For more, click on Romanian roulette.
"Nowhere is Christ is a stranger" Pope asserts in encouraging Roman clergy to promote evangelization in the workplace
Addressing the Roman clergy for Lent, the Holy Father urged them to encourage evangelization by the laity everywhere - at home, at work and at play for "Nowhere is Christ a stranger." Therefore, he asserted, don't be afraid to be missionaries of the Word even where it is a challenge such as the workplace. For more, click on Be missionaries of the Word
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