9 Nov Mon The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

11/8/2020 4:16:55 PM
Ex. 47:1-2,8-9,12 or 1 Cor. 8;9-11,16-17 /Ps. 45:2-3,5-6,8-9 / Jn. 2:13-22 (Ps Wk IV)

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In the case of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope has his own Cathedral Church which is thus the chief church of all the churches of the world and so is affectionately called the" mother" of all churches. Most people probably think that Saint Peter's Basilica is the Pope's cathedral, but in fact, it is the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

Blessings are an essential part of Catholic piety: we say "grace" before meals, asking God to bless the food we eat. We bless the houses we live in asking God's protection, So, too, we bless and consecrate the churches in which we worship, affirming them as "sacred places". The temple of God is sacred, and we are the temple.

Thus, Paul reminds the people of Corinth and us that we are "God's building" and "the foundation of which has already been laid is Jesus Christ," (1 Cor 3:11) and the Spirit of God is with us (Cf 1 Cor 3:16).

It is important that we celebrate the consecration of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and remember that this is the Church from which the Pope leads the Catholic Church as his Petrine office demands of him.

In our celebration, let us give thanks to God for the unity and communion that the Catholic Church experiences throughout the world. Let us not destroy it.

The Lord of hosts is with us: The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Come, consider the works of the Lord, the redoubtable deeds He has done. Amen. 
 

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11月 9日( 一 )   祝聖拉特朗大殿紀念慶日

厄則克耳先知書 47:1-2,8-9,12 
或格林多前書 3:9-11,16-17
聖詠 46[45]:2-3,5-6,8-9
若望福音 2:13-22


身為羅馬主教,教宗也有自己的主教座堂。這座主教座堂自然成為全球最重要的主教座堂,並親切地被稱為所有教堂的「母堂」。許多人誤以為聖伯多祿大殿是教宗的座堂,其實是拉特朗大殿。

祝福是天主教信仰的虔誠表達︰我們在餐前祈求天主祝福食物;祝聖房屋,祈求天主福佑居住在內的人。所以,同樣地,我們祝聖聖堂,聖堂便成為「神聖的地方」。為紀念拉特朗大殿的祝聖禮而舉行慶祝,是重要的,因為在這裏,教宗承擔起伯多祿領導天主教教會的職務。

天主,感謝祢保守全球天主教教堂團結共融。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
Pope Francis urges reconciliation in message to Church in China
HOW TO PRAY WITH SHALOM
(theology.org.hk)

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