The feast commemorates the dedication of the basilica built by the Emperor Constantine the Great [+337] on the Lateran Hill which, by a tradition dating from the twelfth century, is said to have taken place on the day. At first the feast was kept only in the City of Rome but then, in honor of the basilica which is called the Mother and Head of all Churches of the City and the World, it was extended to the whole of the Roman Rite as a sign of unity and respect towards the Holy See, which, as St. Ignatius of Antioch wrote, presides over the whole assembly of Charity.
Prayer: Almighty God, as we recall the dedication of this house of Yours on each recurring anniversary; listen to Your people’s prayer, and grant that our worship here may be a sincere and holy service, honoring Your name and bringing us the fullness of redemption. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 9 November 2016
A Christian Pilgrim