A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Basilica of St. John Lateran

The Lenten march of the Station Churches has come to an end as Lent gives way to the celebration of the Triduum, but we are brought yet again to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran for it is here that the Bishop of Rome traditionally begins the celebration of the Triduum, and the end of Lent, with the celebration of Holy Thursday Mass at his Cathedral and the washing of the feet.

In 2013, the new Bishop of Rome (elected just before Holy Week) had not yet taken formal possession of the Cathedral and celebrated the Holy Thursday evening Mass at a local prison for young people, washing the feet of prisoners there as an act of Christ-like outreach (may we all keep our focus on Christ during this Triduum and turn away from any distraction).

May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who washed the feet of his disciples, bless you and me with abundant graces during this Triduum, so that we may follow our Lord as faithful servants.

(updated from an earlier post)