Built upon the foundation
of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the
chief corner stone:
In whom all the building,
being framed together,
groweth up into an holy
temple in the Lord.
In whom you also are built
together into an habitation
of God in the Spirit.
You are God’ s
According to the grace of
God that is given to me, as
a wise architect,
laid the foundation; and
another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed
how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation no man
can lay, but that which is
laid; which is Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3:9-11
(...) A living stone, rejected indeed
by men, but chosen and made
honourable by God:
Be you also as living stones
built up, a spiritual house, a
holy priesthood, to offer up
spiritual sacrifices, acceptable
to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore it is said in the
scripture: "Behold, I lay in
Sion a chief corner stone, elect,
precious. And he that shall believe
in him, shall not be confounded."
To you therefore that believe,
he is honour: but to them that
believe not, "the stone which
the builders rejected, the same
is made the head of the corner:"
And a stone of stumbling, and
a rock of scandal, to them who
stumble at the word, neither do
believe, whereunto also they are set.
1 Peter 2:4-8
Know you not, that you
are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of
God dwelleth in you?
But if any man violate the
temple of God, him shall
God destroy. For the temple
of God is holy, which you are.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
"On this solemnity the Word of
God recalls an essential truth:"
"The temple of stones is a symbol of
the living Church, the Christian
community, which in their letters the
Apostles Peter and Paul already
understood as a ‘spiritual edifice,’
built by God with ‘living stones,’
namely, Christians themselves, upon
the one foundation of Jesus Christ,
who is called the ‘cornerstone.’
‘Brothers, you are God’s building,’
St. Paul wrote, and added: ‘holy is
God’s temple, which you are.’
The beauty and harmony of the
churches, destined to give praise
to God, also draws us human beings,
limited and sinful, to convert to
form a "cosmos," a well-ordered
structure, in intimate communion
with Jesus, who is the
true Saint of saints."
Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, November 9, 2008
"This happens in a culminating way in the Eucharistic liturgy, in which the "ecclesia," that is,
the community of the baptized, come together in a unified way to listen to the Word of God
and nourish themselves with the Body and Blood of Christ.
From these two tables the Church of living stones is built up in truth and charity and is
internally formed by the Holy Spirit transforming herself into what she receives, conforming
herself more and more to the Lord Jesus Christ. She herself, if she lives in sincere and
fraternal unity, in this way becomes the spiritual sacrifice pleasing to God."
Let us pray for a conversion of
our hearts and for all who
have gone astray: that we all
may find the Church as a true
Mother and that Jesus Christ may become
the foundation stone and cornerstone
of our lives.
Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Apse with Papal cathedra, Rome, Italy. Mosaics in the dome are a 19th Century rebuilding of Jacopo Torriti’s works dating back to the 13th Century.
The Papal Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran is the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Rome; seat of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. "The mother of all churches of Rome and the world."
inscription on the front of the church
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