Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The full Vatican Experience

This day could just not get any better... We are all going to bed with big goofy smiles on our faces. We just sang a mass at the Main Altar of the Vatican!!!!!!!!

But before we get to that we started off our day with a walking tour of Rome. We saw the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. The coolest thing is that you turn the corner and these beautiful buildings and huge pieces of history just suddenly appear. We had an awesome local tour guide named Paolo (I think we are were excited for the Lizzie Maguire reference) and we received a lot of really interesting important tidbits of Roman history.

We had time to shop and eat lunch around the Campo dei Fiori/Piazza Navona area and then went to the Vatican for our big debut.

We had to be on our toes to keep up with the Vatican Organist who would tell us when to start our songs. The mass was in a mix of Latin and Italian. What made the mass extra special was that Cardinal Comastri was at the mass - which according to our group guide, Cristina, was a big deal. He is the Arch Priest of the Vatican Parish. So coming to mass on a Wednesday at 5pm was not a regular thing for him. He also gave us relics of Bl. Pope John Paul II and a special thank you at the end of mass. It was an indescribable experience.... As one student put it "Is this real life right now?"

We had an enjoyable dinner of different types of pizza and ended our evening with some free time exploring the sites at night.

Really looking forward to our visit to the Colosseo and Roman Forum tomorrow!

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