The Scots College have been honoured by the invitation to serve for the Pope on Holy Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Sacred Triduum reaches its climax with the Easter Vigil. This year the seminarians and deacons of the Pontifical Scots College have been invited to serve at the Papal celebration. The liturgy celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus and will start in the Basilica of St. Peter at 8.30pm. (7.30pm UK Time)
Throughout its long history in Rome, the College has had close relationships with the person of the Holy Father, and is grateful for this opportunity to assist at a Papal liturgy. It will be the first such occasion involving Pope Francis.
This particular honour for the College comes almost a year to the day since the community met the Holy Father in a private audience in the Vatican City to mark the 400th anniversary of priestly formation in the College here in the Eternal City.
Speaking about the honour, Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Rector of the college said “I am delighted that the College had been invited to serve the Easter Vigil in St Peter’s Basilica.” Reflecting on his own time as a seminarian in Rome he recalled the “great blessing” of being able to serve Pope St. John Paul II, adding that “this opportunity to be close to Pope Francis… will help our seminarians and deacons on their journey towards priesthood.”
Meanwhile, Rev. Bernard Mournian, the College Decano has welcomed the news as a wonderful “opportunity… and a great honour for all the seminarians.” He said the chance to serve for the Pope in St. Peter’s was “a special occasion” that allowed proximity to the Holy Father “both in person and in prayer.” Deacon Mournian who is in his final year of study in Rome also acknowledged that the chance “to meet the Pope, attend audiences and be part of Papal liturgies never lose their power to bring you closer to the Lord.”
The Easter Vigil will start at 7.30pm, UK Time on the 15th April. Like all Papal liturgies it will be broadcast on CTV, the official broadcaster of the Vatican City.