PS 16: “Stational” Gatherings

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solmnenitatis on this site, among many others on the internet. Are you aware of the tradition of “stational” churches?

16. “All Lenten observances should be of such a nature that they also witness to the life of the local Church and foster it. The Roman tradition of the “stational” churches can be recommended as a model for gathering the faithful in one place. In this way the faithful can assemble in larger numbers, especially under the leadership of the bishop of the diocese, or at the tombs of the saints, or in the principal churches of the city or sanctuaries, or some place of pilgrimage which has a special significance for the diocese”. (Ceremonial of Bishops, 260)

In many American dioceses, the titles are less in play than the practical function of the largest churches in a city. Or parishes with a reputation for good liturgy.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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