Monday, June 28, 2010

Sancta Spiritu

Our first full day is off an running, with a quick stop back at the hotel for a shower and change.

We started with Mass at the Holy Spirit Church near St. Peter's. It is the Church run by St. Faustina's order here in Rome, so a league shrine to Divine Mercy. As we entered, the priest was finishing the chaplet in Italian.

After Mass, we walked to the Vatican Museum and did the quick tour there and ended with a visit to St. Peter's, including a visit to the tomb of Pope John Paul II.

It is always so impressive to appreciate the scale of that building, built 500 years ago at that, wow. Today was 'cleaning day,' so imagine my shock when there were three men standing on the Main Altar. They were changing the candlesticks, with the candles themselves nearly five feet tall.

After our break, a few of our group are going to the residence of the US Ambassador to the Vatican for a reception before going to the Basilica of St. Paul's for Evening Prayer with the Holy Father.

I can't wait!

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Nick Wilker said...

Saw you on EWTN during Evening Prayer! That had to be an awe struck experience to be at prayer with the Holy Father!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I wish you a joyful trip -- and a happy Fourth!