The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Prayer for the Morning
Come, let us go to the house of the Lord!
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
Many blows and much affliction
Polished well those stones elect,
In their places now compacted
By the heavenly Architect,
Who therewith hath willed forever
That his palace should be decked.
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the Head and Cornerstone,
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the Church in one:
Holy Sion’s hope for ever
And her confidence alone.
PSALM 84:2-6, 9-13
You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the nether world shall not prevail against it. (Mt 16:18)
The basilica of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral of the pope as Bishop of Rome, is called the “mother church” of Rome and of the world. As such, it is a visible symbol of the universal Church. It calls us to look toward the house of God in the new Jerusalem, toward which the earthly Church is on pilgrimage.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord, God of hosts.
My soul is longing and yearning,
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
to God, the living God.
The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.
They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
They are happy, whose strength is in you,
in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,
give ear, O God of Jacob.
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,
look on the face of your anointed.
One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;
he will give us his favor and glory.
The Lord will not refuse any good
to those who walk without blame.
Lord, God of hosts,
happy the man who trusts in you!
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 2:2-3)
In days to come,/ The mountain of the Lord’s house/ shall be established as the highest mountain/ and raised above the hills./ All nations shall stream toward it;/ many peoples shall come and say:/ “Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain,/ to the house of the God of Jacob,/ That he may instruct us in his ways,/ and we may walk in his paths.”
O Lord, I love the house where you dwell,/
the place where your glory abides. (Ps 26:8)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 8:11)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
In communion with the entire Church, let us pray:
R/Instruct us in your ways, O Lord; lead us in your
To the Church throughout the world:
– grant unity and peace. R/
To the pope and all the bishops:
– grant wisdom and discernment to see the road you have laid out for us. R/
To our local Church:
– grant vision to see beyond our own boundaries and to serve your universal reign. R/
O God, you dwell in our midst even as you call us to walk forward toward the future dwelling place which you have promised for all your people. Keep us faithful to the way you have laid out for us so that, one Church with one Shepherd, we may follow where you lead us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.