Scots College Seminarians to serve at Papal Easter Vigil

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The Sacred Triduum reaches its climax with the Easter Vigil. This year the seminarians and deacons of the Pontifical Scots College have been invited to serve at the Papal celebration. The liturgy celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus and will start in the Basilica of St. Peter at 8.30pm. (7.30pm UK Time)

Throughout its long history in Rome, the College has had close relationships with the person of the Holy Father, and is grateful for this opportunity to once again as a College to assist at a Papal liturgy. It will be the first such occasion involving Pope Francis.

This particular honour for the College comes almost a year to the day since the community met the Holy Father in a private audience in the Vatican City to mark the 400th anniversary of priestly formation in the College here in the Eternal City.

Speaking about the news the College Rector, Fr. Daniel Fitzpatrick said, “I am delighted that the College has been invited to serve the Easter Vigil in St Peter’s Basilica. I remember, during my own time as a seminarian, serving for Pope St John Paul. It was one of those moments where you realise what a great blessing it is to be able to study for the priesthood here in Rome. I am sure that this opportunity to be close to Pope Francis during the celebration of the Easter mysteries will help our seminarians and deacons on their journey towards priesthood.”

Meanwhile, College Decano, Rev. Bernard Mournian said, “The opportunity to serve for the Holy Father, in St. Peter’s Basilica is a great honour for all the seminarians at the Scots College. I know we are all very much looking forward to the chance to be close to Pope Francis, both in person and in prayer as we mark the victory of the Risen Lord at Easter. After 7 years in Rome, I know that the opportunities to meet the Pope, attend audiences and be part of Papal liturgies is something which never lose their power to help bring you closer to the Lord. For me personally, it will be a special occasion as I know it will be for all of the seminarians at the Scots College.”