Today is the feast of St Peter in Chains...

Which is the patronal title of the Cathedral in Cincinnati, where today presuambly all festive solemnity and pomp is being used in the liturgical rites. Cincinnati, although I haven't been back there in more than twenty years, is my 'home diocese'. It appears to be the case that the feast was removed from the general calendar at some point after 1962, presumably in 1969 after Pope St Paul VI's Mysterii Paschalis, at the imposition of the Novus Ordo.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth lessons from Matins this morning, in the English version that accompanies the Latin at

In the reign of the Emperor Theodosius the younger, his wife went to Jerusalem in fulfilment of a vow, and there was gifted with many presents. Among other things, they gave her in especial an iron chain, adorned with gold and precious stones, which they affirmed to be the same wherewith the Apostle Peter had been bound by King Herod. Eudocia, with godly reverence, afterwards sent this chain to Rome, to her daughter Eudoxia, who brought it to the Pope, and the Pope in return showed to her another chain wherewith the same Apostle had been shackled under the Emperor Nero.

When then the Pope put together the Roman chain and that which had been brought from Jerusalem, it came to pass that they got so entangled the one with the other that they seemed no longer two but one chain. From this wonder these holy fetters began to receive such honour, that Eudoxia's Church of St. Peter on the Esquiline Mount was dedicated under the name of St. Peter in Chains, and a Feast-Day instituted upon the Kalends of August in memory of it.

From that time forth the honour which before had used to be paid to the profane festival of the Gentiles [on that day, the anniversary of the dedication of the temple of Mars and of the birth of Claudius] began to be turned to the Chains of Peter, whose very touch healed the sick, and drove out devils. Among other such cases there befell in the year of man's Redemption 969, that of a certain Count, a servant of the Emperor Otho, who was possessed by an unclean spirit, and tore himself with his own teeth. This man the Emperor ordered to be taken to Pope John, and as soon as he had touched the Count's neck with the hallowed chains, the foul spirit came out of him, and left him free. And thenceforward the reverence for these holy chains greatly increased in the City.

V. Tu autem, Dómine, miserére nobis.
R. Deo grátias.