Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran
November 9th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. It marks the dedication, in 324 A.D., of the cathedral church of Rome after Constantine’s Edict of Milan granted religious freedom to Christians. It is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas, and is the official ecclesiastical chair of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. A Latin inscription in the church reads: “Omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater et caput,” translated, “Of all the churches in the city and the world, the mother and head.” Its universal celebration is a sign of love for and union with the See of St. Peter, Vicar of Christ.
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Every place set aside for divine worship is a sign of that spiritual temple, which is the Church, made up of living stones: of the faithful united by the one faith, of the participation in the sacraments and of the bond of charity. The saints, in particular, are precious stones of that spiritual temple.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
The basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral of the pope as Bishop of Rome, is called the ‘mother church’ of Rome and of the world. As such, it is a visible symbol of the universal Church. It calls us to look toward the house of God in the new Jerusalem, toward which the earthly Church is on pilgrimage.”
Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, sign of unity & love.
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family pray for us. Amen.