Today the Church commemorates the Feast of the Chair of Peter, the first Pope. It reminds of the role of teacher and pastor given to Peter and his successors by Christ Himself. It is also a day to offer some special prayers for our current Pope, Benedict XVI.
In some ways I believe that his pontificate is one of the most difficult in recent history. The Church, now more than ever, seems to be under brutal attack.
Perhaps today we can pray united as Christ's Mystical Body an Our Father, Hail Mary and a Glory Be, as well as the prayer for the Pope given below, for Pope Benedict XVI.
I have also provided some links on the history and significance of this feast.
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in union with him.
whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power.
Feast of the Chair of St Peter, Apostle
St Peter's Basilica