Today was quite the day. It was Wednesday, the day that the Pope does his Papal Blessing over St. Peter’s Square. Our plan was to go to Vatican City, visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel in the morning and then head over to the square just before noon. A few wrong turns later, we ended up inside St. Peters Basilica for Mass.
I just thought it was a Wednesday Mass. It was January 6, which was actually Epiphany. According to Websters.com Epiphany is “January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ.” I am not familiar with it celebrated in western traditional churches, but it is celebrated in the Catholic church.
Long story short, CT3 and I entered St. Peters Basilica (still thinking that we were headed to the Sistine Chapel) and were seated with our 80 page program in hand. Me in my oblivious nature was just taking in the beauty of the church and snapping a few photographs. By the time we realized that it was in fact Mass and after we had been in there for almost an hour and 45 minutes, trying to sing in languages we couldn’t understand much less follow in the book, we started discussing what to do.
I know Masses can last for a while. It seemed as if we were stuck until a group of 6 other people got out of their chairs in front of us. CT3 and I looked at each other, grabbed our stuff and fell in line as if we were with them. We took a stroll up the side of the church just to get a few up close shots of the “guy doing the service.”
I will leave you with the thought of me taking random shots of some guy that we couldnt see doing the service and some images of St. Peters Square and St. Peters Basilica…
Guards outside of the Basilica