The Dominican Laity in Rome are in the centre of the 800-year Jubilee of the Order. How are they celebrating this special year? Lay Dominican Edoardo Mattei reports for us.
The Lay Fraternity of the Province of St. Catherine of Siena (Central Italy), where Edoardo is the coordinator of communication, is hosting several events organized by the Curia Generalizia and the Angelicum, not only in Rome but also in Florence and in Siena. But the Lay Dominicans are also organising some special activities.
Edoardo: “We have a spiritual and artistic guided tour of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Some Lay Dominicans welcome tourists and pilgrims entering the basilica and lead them on the visit. The explanation of the basilica is not limited to the artistic beauties: these are opportunities to talk about the Order and the Church. So the visit becomes a journey in faith.
And we also organise a guided tour in Rome of the places where Saint Dominic lived or performed miracles. In each place we read the writing of Blessed Cecilia, or other witnesses, where the story is told. Everyone can apply for a tour by “Guide Me Right”, a community of people who share their local knowledge and lifestyles.
In addition, we would like to hold a meeting in each of the parishes dedicated to Dominican saints and talk about the particular saint or about the Order and the Jubilee.
Moreover, religious observances should not be forgotten: rosary, confession (Dominicans are confessors in Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) and Eucharistic adoration.”
Do you have activities as part of the 800-year Jubilee? Let us know!
Both announcements and short impressions with photos are very welcome!