from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A clique or circle, especially of writers.
- n. A small dining room, usually on an upper floor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a dining room, especially one on an upper floor (traditionally the room in which the Last Supper took place)
- n. a small circle or gathering of specialists (writers etc); a clique
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dining-room; specifically, the room in which the Last Supper was eaten.
And today, St. Peter's Square is like a "cenacle" open to heaven, filled with the faithful, many of whom are members of Italian Catholic Action, whom I will address after the Marian prayer of the Regina Caeli.
When only eighteen he was introduced into the Romantic 'cenacle' at Nodier's.
Several days before their wedding, Gianna wrote to Pietro, reflecting on their vocation to marriage: With God's help and blessing, we will do all we can to make our new family a little cenacle where Jesus will reign over all our affections, desires and actions ....
Standing in this hallowed place, alongside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site where our crucified Lord rose from the dead for all humanity, and near the cenacle, where on the day of Pentecost "they were all together in one place" Acts 2:1, who could not feel impelled to bring the fullness of goodwill, sound scholarship and spiritual desire to our ecumenical endeavors?
The insistence on the chronological date of the two appearances shows the Evangelist John's intention to present Jesus' meeting with his followers in the cenacle as a prototype of the Church's Sunday assembly.
After the Ascension the first disciples remain together in the cenacle around the Mother of Jesus in fervent expectation of the gift of the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus cf.
This community found itself gathered together again in the same place, the cenacle, on the morning of the Jewish feast of Pentecost, a feast of the covenant, in which there was commemorated the event on Sinai where, through Moses, God proposed that Israel be his property among all the nations, to be a sign of his holiness cf.
It is a description that is rich in details: The place "where they lived" -- the cenacle -- is an environment "in the upper room"; the 11 apostles are listed by name, and the first three are Peter, John and James, the "pillars" of the community, already integrated into this new family, no longer based on family bonds but on faith in Christ.
If a stranger is admitted to the/cenacle/, every member of it in turn will say (not without a trace of irony), “You will not find the brilliancy of your Parisian society here,” and proceed forthwith to criticise the life led by his neighbors, as if he himself were an exception who had striven, and vainly striven, to enlighten the rest.
He should meet with fellow-feeling, and something of the kindly and grateful affection which he found in the cenacle of the
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