Easter Saturday

Saturday, April 18

Easter Octave

Daily Meditation

Give us undying life. 

There has been an outpouring of grace these holy days. 
We ask that God continue to watch over us. 

May our Lord, who gave us the grace for this wonderful journey, continue to bless us on our journey, 
with the graces we need and desire along the way, 
that we might be able to do wonderful things, in Jesus’ name.

Lastly, He showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy…. And He said to them,
‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation’  (Mark 16: 14-15).  

Church History

What is a “stational church”? 

As part of our theology curriculum, Mr. Pham teaches Church History. There is no doubt that the students have learned about the 49 “station” churches (all inside the walls of the city except two or three) and 89 “station” days.   

In a normal year, pilgrims who travel to Rome during Lent (and Advent) can participate in a custom that dates back to the fourth century. The custom began as a way to honor the holy martyrs of Rome. A procession of the faithful would travel through the streets to visit the designated churches. This tradition is one of the longest standing in church history, and worth some further investigating. 

This is a map of the station churches in Rome http://www.rosarychurch.net/answers/qa121995b.html 

Saturday in the Octave of Easter 
Station at St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano):

In Rome, the Station is at the church of St. John Lateran, the mother church of Christendom. Eight days ago, the Easter vigil liturgy took place in this basilica. 

Virtual Tour of St. John Lateran