Voices ever ancient, ever new. Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle 2014.

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Saint Hilary of Poitiers comments on this verse from today’s Gospel Reading:

“When they had presented diverse human origins concerning him, he asked what they themselves thought about him. Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” But Peter had pondered the nature of the question. For the Lord had said, “Whom do men say that the Son of man is?” Certainly his human body indicated he was a Son of man. But by adding “Who do you say that I am?” Jesus indicated that they should consider something besides what he seemed in himself, for he was a Son of man. Therefore what judgment concerning himself did he desire? It was a secret he was asking about, into which the faith of those who believe ought to extend itself.” (On Matthew, 16)

A Sermon from Saint Leo the Great provides additional reflection on today’s Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle.

Grant, we pray, Almighty God,
that no tempests may disturb us,
for You have set us fast
on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia!