Day VI. Monday, Week I.
"Lord, may this offering of our love be acceptable to you. Let it
transform our lives and bring us your mercy. We ask this through Christ
our Lord" (Pray over the Gifts for today).
San Pietro in Vincoli. Saint Peter in Chains. This basilica in 109 by
Theodora, a pious Roman lady, to house the chains which bound Saint Peter
in the Mamertine prison. In 436, Eudocia, who husband was Theodocius II,
Emperor of the East (408-450), sent the chains which bound Saint Peter in
Jerusalem to her daughter, Euxodia Zicinia, in Rome. When Sixtus III
(432-440) placed these two chains side by side, they miraculously united
to form one chain. The chains are located in the confessio before the high
altar for the faithful to venerate (see photo). Also under the altar are
the remains of the seven Maccabee brothers (2 Macc 7). Also in this church
is the famed Moses, sculpted by Michelangelo (1515), as part of a tomb for
the famed Renaissance pope, Julius II, 1503-1513).