What is the Chair of Peter? There is a physical meaning to this “chair.” But we celebrate on February 22, the spiritual significance of it.
According to Pope Benedict XVI: Our “liturgy celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. This is a very ancient tradition, proven to have existed in Rome since the fourth century. On it, we give thanks to God for the mission he entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his Successors.
“Cathedra” literally means the established seat of the Bishop, placed in the mother church of a diocese which for this reason is known as a “cathedral”; it is the symbol of the Bishop’s authority and in particular, of his “magisterium”, that is, the evangelical teaching which, as a successor of the Apostles, he is called to safeguard and to transmit to the Christian Community.
When a Bishop takes possession of the particular Church that has been entrusted to him, wearing his miter and holding the pastoral staff, he sits on the cathedra. From this seat, as teacher and pastor, he will guide the journey of the faithful in faith, hope, and charity.” (click here to read further)
To understand better the meaning of this “Chair of Peter,” we have inserted here a video-talk of Steve Ray, a former member of the Baptist Church but now one of our apologists and a staunch Catholic. Let us listen attentively. May we love our Mother, the Church even more, and obey and love our Holy Father, the successor of Peter, the first Pope. Let us pray for our Holy Father and support him in every way.