First Reading for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

1 Peter 5:1-4

Summary: As a fellow elder, I encourage you to shepherd God's flock willingly and eagerly, not for personal gain but to serve as God desires. Lead by example, and receive the eternal crown of glory from the Chief Shepherd.

Guidance for Elders

I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.

Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.

Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock.

And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

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