Thursday, November 09, 2006

Happy Feast Day!

The Archbasilica of The Most Holy Savior, St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist at the Lateran.


Blogger DilexitPrior said...

I was there for Holy Thursday Mass in 2004. I had arrived in Rome that afternoon and I was alone, 18 years old at the time, and I didn't speak a word of Italian. I was a little lost too. To be honest, I didn't even know the name of the Basilica. My only thought was "I need to find somewhere to go to Mass tonight." I was there an hour and a half before Mass started but I didn't want to walk around and get lost in Rome so I decided to stay put. I ended up sitting three rows from the front between a little Italian grandma and an Italian nun. Before Mass started they were trying to talk to me and I had no idea what they were saying. They didn't seem to get the message that I didn't speak a word of Italian. It was the first time I'd been at Mass with more than three priests. More like fifty. (By the end of the Easter Weekend I went to Easter Morning Mass in St. Peter's Square which had many more than fifty priests.) Those are my memories of the Lateran.

3:53 PM  
Blogger rev fr lw gonzales said...

Wonderful memories.

I too was there during Holy Week several years ago. I was at the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's in the morning, and waved at Pope John Paul II as he was driven to the Cathedral for the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. On Good Friday I was blessed by a fragment of the True Cross at St, Peter's.

What a wonderful time of year to be in Rome.

I was in complete awe.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there in 2000 and found it to be one of the most uplifting, spiritual experiences of my life. To be there for the Jubilee was unbelievable.

Difficult not to be able to bring baby bottles in to the Vatican, but understandable due to security restraints.

4:50 PM  

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