Liturgy of the Hours

Nov 09, About Today for Dedication of St. John Lateran


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Liturgy of the Hours

Dane Falkner

Salt Lake City, UT

Description: From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord‚??s precept to pray without ceasing.

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Nov 09, About Today for Dedication of St. John Lateran

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November 9

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica


The Lateran Basilica is the Cathedral of Rome, mother of all the churches. The Lateran Palace had been the home of a powerful Roman family, but became part of the dowry of Fausta, the second wife of Constantine. Constantine donated it to the Bishop of Rome, probably about 312. The basilica was dedicated in 324. The Lateran was the official residence of the Popes from the 4th century until their departure to Avignon in 1309. The church and palace declined during the 14th c., when there were two serious fires. The basilica was rebuilt. It is dedicated to Christ the Savior, John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. It is one of the four ‚ÄėMajor Basilicas,‚Äô and honoring this church is an expression of love, for it ‚Äúpresides in charity‚ÄĚ over the community of the faithful. [1][2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
[1] Benedict XVI, Angelus, November 9, 2008.
[2] F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 801.
[3] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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