As the end of the Scots College’s year draws closer, the community this morning visited St. Peter’s Basilica, continuing our pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy.
It was an earlier than normal start for the community of the Scots College on Friday as we continued our Year of Mercy pilgrimage to the four Papal Basilicas. Each visit sees us gathering in prayer outside the Basilicas before entering through the Holy Doors and celebrating Mass.
The journey today to the Vatican came at the end of a busy academic year for all in the college and with the start of the exam session just days away for the seminarians. We gathered in the crypt of St. Peter’s for a Mass of Thanksgiving for all that this year has brought to us.
During the Mass, Fr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, the Rector, spoke of the renewal of links that this year in particular has brought between the college and the Vatican. Only last month, the community had the privilege of visiting the Apostolic Palace for a private audience with the Holy Father. The Rector reflected on how many Scottish seminarians had visited the Vatican, the tomb of Peter, had been in the presence of and had even met the successors of Peter over the 400 years of the college’s seminary history. This history has forged strong bonds between the college, the city Rome, the Vatican and the person of the Holy Father. The Rector stressed that, as members of the current group of seminarians at the Scots College, we are part of this great history, living and studying in Rome in these days, privileged to be close to the tomb of Peter and close to his successor.
This Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will end on the Feast of Christ the King, the 20th November, and the Community will continue its pilgrimage by visiting the Basilicas of St Mary Major and St John Lateran after the summer break.