Visit St. John Lateran with me today for the Feast of Its Dedication

by Steve Ray on November 9, 2011

Screen Shot 2011-11-09 at 7.31.17 AMI am in Rome and decided to run to St. John Lateran this morning a make a video — so all of you could enjoy the Feast Day of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Church on November 9, 313. Yup, that’s right! It was the first Christian church ever built and it was the home of Popes for over 1,000 years.

If you want to join us in Rome this February, please call Suzanne at 800-727-1999, extension 121. She can give you info and help you get registered. You will see this church and many more on our marvelous Catholic pilgrimage through the Eternal City.

Click HERE for the brochure for our Rome Pilgrimage. Click HERE for the brochure for our St. Paul Cruise with Scott Hahn which ends in Rome.

St. John Lateran Church is not just the cathedral for the city of Rome, but it is the MOTHER CHURCH of the whole world. It contains the Pope’s Chair, the Chair of St. Peter.

The Church also contains marvelous relics: the cedarwood table Our Lord celebrated the Passover meal on in Jerusalem, St. Peter’s altar which he used as a bishop in Rome.

Also there are the skull bones from both Sts. Peter and Paul in a golden reliquary above the high altar on which only the Pope is allowed to celebrate Mass.

Enjoy! And be proud to be Catholic!

Two Things Available:

1. Here is the map with 18 GPS-tagged videos and 93 pictures where I run across Rome and hit many historical sites and beautiful churches. As a guide, I explain many of the sites along the way.

2. Below is the “Tour Videos” just of St. John Lateran Church.


  • Gregory Van Horssen says:

    Steve: Thank you so very much for posting this video. Heard you speaking about it on Relevant Radio, this morning. Blessings to you.


  • Lisa Hamrick says:

    Thanks for the great tour of the Basilica of St. John Lateran today! I have been there once, but didn’t hear all those wonderful explanations of all the treasures contained inside. I was born on this Feast Day, and it was a wonderful treat today to visit this Basilica with you and through your eyes! Thanks Steve as always!!!

  • Thomas says:

    So basically what you are showing in the most important church in the world on it’s dedication day NOTHING is being done. The Pope didn’t come to say Mass. No big celebration was done just the regular scheduled daily Mass because they don’t care enough to do anything. This is the total collapse of the Church on full display. There was a time the Canons of the Lateran couldn’t even enter into the Church unless they were in full choir dress. Go there today and if you can find a priest he is in a tee shirt. Check out the side altars, they are used to stores folding chairs. This is the reality of the worldwide Church in the last 50 years………a complete collapse and loss of faith.


  • Joseph says:

    That was awesome Steve. I learned a lot from your guide. The art and architecture is like a big seminar with your translating it to us.

    Thanks Steve.

  • Sky says:

    I believe the official name of the basilica is the “Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and Ss. John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran.”

    STEVE RAY HERE: thanks Sky. Yes, a long name indeed. Commonly known as Basilica of St. John Lateran, or simply St. John Lateran.

  • Dicky Boncan says:

    Hi Steve,
    Enjoyed you video. I was there during the sweltering month of August at 8 in the morning. I had St. John Lateran all to myself just right after the mass. It was great to be able to take my time and examine every inch of the place. One of these days, Pia and I will join you on one of your tours, you can count on that!
    God Bless..

  • Thank you Steve, especially for covering the reliefs flanking the nave, and explaining the OT and NT parallels. We see again and again the evidence of the fine minds down the ages who’ve embraced the Catholic faith. God be with you.

  • alex says:

    For more info about St John in Lateran’s Basilica I suggest to visit this page

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