About the Lateran Basilica Feast
Feast Day: November 9
This feast day commemorates a building known as Basilica of St. John Lateran. The early Christians gathered quietly in their homes. But when the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, the followers of Jesus no longer feared persecution. Constantine donated a family palace to the Church and it became the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Basilica is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. It is named Lateran in honor of the family which originally owned the property. It is the oldest church in Rome.
This feast day reminds Catholics of our past. It also makes us think of the importance of religious freedom.
Read more about the past of this famous church which is the Cathedral of Rome. It is known for its beauty and architecture. The facade of the church features huge statues representing Christ, St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and the twelve apostles.
This is not the only feast day which celebrates something made by man. The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter is celebrated annually also.