Tuesday, 13 November 2018 09:15

Cardinal Tagle leads Mass for the celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Eucharistic celebration for the Dedication of St. John Lateran at the San Carlos Pastoral Formation Complex in Makati City on November 9.

“My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we thank God for bringing us together as one community on this celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran. This is the Basilica which is also the cathedral of the Church of Rome. It is the cathedral of the bishop of Rome. So, we are celebrating today, our communion with the whole church in the ministry and the service of the local Church of Rome and especially of the Holy Father,” Tagle said during his homily.

Photo by Leahna Villajos/Radio Veritas

In his homily before the clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Cardinal stated the reason of celebrating in Manila and in other parts of the world the dedication of a church in Rome.

“This is an opportunity for us also to reflect on the spirituality of the temple. This is not just about a building. This is the temple of God and the beauty of our Christian faith and scriptures is that symbols are multi-layered. Symbols are open to a wealth of meaning and significance,” he said.

Referring to the temple or church not only as a building, Tagle also emphasized that it is also the Body of Christ.  A dwelling place where “life is rejuvenated, where people are sanctified, and where God is glorified.” 

He added that the faithful are called to enter the heart of Jesus, whom he referred to as the living temple.

“The temple of God is there to enter and we enter not just a building. We enter Jesus. We enter his heart. We are transformed as we enter Jesus. And we enter Jesus, we become his body and hopefully, as the body of Christ, the living community. Many people will be sanctified.  Many people will be able to render God fitting service.”

The celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran also coincided with the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. 

Tagle remembered in the Mass these people who according to him “have offered their lives unto death strengthening the living body of Christ, inviting many people to be living stones.”

On November 8, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) personnel prayed for all the departed clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral and at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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