Join us in stepping through the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of our Lord here in the Eternal City.
I will be following the main liturgical events of Pope Francis, but I will also be joining the Easter Triduum Retreat held by the Vatican’s international youth centre, Centro San Lorenzo (CSL), at the enchanting church of Saint Lawrence in Piscibus, a medieval gem tucked away, just a few steps from St Peter’s Basilica itself.
The CSL was founded by John Paul II thirty-one years ago. It’s primary mission is to serve as a witness to Christ’s message of hope and salvation for the youth of the world.
The soon-to-be saint who so loved the young people, wanted a place where they could come and enter into dialogue with Christ in a spirit of community, learning how to share the fruits of this encounter with others. He also entrusted the centre with the World Youth Day Cross, the ultimate symbol of Christ’s message of salvation, and which the CSL community carries on missions of evangelisation around the streets of Rome.
The retreat itself will be run by the Emmanuel School of Mission (ESM) from the Emmanuel Community.
As the name gives away, the ESM is a school of mission where young people between the ages of 20 and 35 travel to Rome from all over the world for 10 months, in order to be formed in their faith. They learn how to be true missionaries of Christ, and in turn go back to live as witnesses to His love in their own state of life.
The Emmanuel Community is a Lay Association of Pontifical Right, founded in France by Pierre Goursat after he received an infusion of the Holy Spirit back in 1972. After this experience he began a simple prayer group, which has continued to grow, and today there are more than 9,000 members all over the world in 59 countries, with over 240 priests and 200 consecrated sisters and brothers.
Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel, which means "God with us." Mt 1, 23
The community has 3 fundamental pillars (with one leading to the other): adoration, compassion and evangelisation. It’s purpose is to live a life with God in prayer, and to make God known to all people, both near and far from the Church. To accomplish this mission, its members live in the heart of the world, or as Pope Francis would say, in the peripheries, relying on one another for support in their journey towards the Lord.
We shall get a taste of this life of adoration, compassion and evangelisation during this Triduum, as we hear from these young participants and
journey with them through the death and resurrection of Christ, in the beating heart of the Church. We will also be receiving various reflections and teachings from the priests guiding our retreat, and of course, from Pope Francis himself.
I wish all of you a very blessed Paschal Triduum.
Photo by Sabrina Fusco
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