Friday 1st August 2014
Feast of St. Peter in Chains
Holy Hour for Peace in the Middle East at 6pm
followed by the Mass of St. Peter in Chains
The votive mass of the Sacred Heart for First Fridays will be said at 12:10pm
On September 12, 2013 the Holy See granted the petition of the last General Chapter to “celebrate the feast of St. Peter in Chains, August 1, as a feast of the Third Class in Fraternity Houses and Apostolates.” The texts for the Divine office can be found in the supplement which was already mailed to you by Fr. Evrat and which is attached once again to this message.
Given the horrendous persecution which Christians are undergoing today in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, I would like us to dedicate this Feast of our Patron, and First Friday of the month this year, to pray that they may persevere in the faith, and may be delivered from this terrible persecution.
Each Fraternity parish, chapel and apostolate is asked to organize a Holy Hour on August 1 for this intention. In doing so we will imitate the prayers of the Church for St. Peter which are recounted in the Epistle for this great feast: Petrus quidem servbatur in carcere; oratio autem fiebat sine intermissione ab Ecclesia ad Deum pro eo. (Act. 12:5)
Very Rev. John Berg
General Superior FSSP