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Celebration of the Easter vigil in St. Peter

From the time the current General Leadership began here in Rome, we have always celebrated Easter liturgy in our house. This year we decided that each one could choose in which parish she would attend the Easter Vigil Liturgy. Srs. Cecilia and Elisabeth decided to celebrate Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s. It was possible to get tickets. Experienced people had advised us to queue from 13:00 onwards for the services which would begin at 8:30pm. The reality was different. It was enough to be there at 5pm in order to go through all the security checks. It was  important always to show the blue entrance ticket. The places near the middle isle are very popular. Those in these seats have the opportunity to see the Pope very near. There was a great rush.
In the interior of St. Peter's looked like a heap of ants in motion until everyone got a seat and finally settled. As the celebrations began, gradually the church quietened down. Everyone listened to the words of the Service of the Light, which took place at the entrance and was transmitted by loudspeaker. The procession with the Easter candle in the dark church was very impressive with  Lumen Christi repeated aloud three times. Slowly it became bright in the church, when the Easter light was  passed on to all. The solemn Gloria and Hallelujah still resound in our ears. Except for the readings, the language of the celebration was Latin. Thank God, everyone received a booklet at the entrance, so that they could follow the text in Latin, Italian and English. (text and photos/eka)  

This news item expired on 18/06/2017.

Way of the Cross on Palm Sunday 2017

Every year the JPIC Commission in Rome organises the Way of the Cross and invites religious men and women to take part in it, reminding us all that we are faith walkers. On Palm Sunday morning, many men and women belonging to various religious congregations gathered in the compound of SVD Generalate. After having read the Gospel, we moved to the church to celebrate Mass (photo No. 1). 
This year’s reflection was based on Pope Francis’ message for the 2017 Day of Peace entitled: “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace”. The participants paused and prayed at various monuments that marked historical events connected with the people who lived there before us, such as the Aurelian Walls (photo No. 2), the hospital of the Fattebenefratelli (photo no. 3) and others. The prayerful morning concluded at the Basilica of San Bartolomeo (photo No. 4). The church is home to six altars dedicated to the new Christian martyrs of the 20th century. We recalled how the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus inspires and compels people to give their lives for love of God and the good of others.  (Text and photos: Franti┼íka CJ)

This news item expired on 14/06/2017.

Preparing for the Conference of the Provincial and Regional Superiors in April 2017

The “hot” phase of the preparation for the meeting, which will take place here in Rome after Easter, has begun. This week we tried out the seating arrangements in our conference hall. During the first seven days, we will be 27 participants, and on the last day, when the Loreto sisters will also join us for the ‘inter branch meeting’, we will be 45. We are now preparing the translation equipment: headphones, microphones etc, since we will be using German, English and Spanish to communicate with each other. It will be exciting. (Text and photos / eka)

This news item expired on 05/06/2017.