"And so we came to Rome" - Acts 28:14

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vespers with the Holy Father

On the eve of our last full day in Rome, we had the joy of celebrating Second Vespers for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul with Pope Benedict at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  We arrived early and had good seats right on the rail to see the procession.  Even though we were mere feet from the Pope, it was a challenge to get good photos.  The liturgy was beautiful, with Latin chant and a homily from the Holy Father.  The Pope also acknowledged several guests from other ecclesial communities as today marked the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 

Waiting outside the Basilica - we were among the first in line, two hours early

Staking out a good spot "on the rail"

The "Worship Aid"

Deacons Ben Hadrich Robert Abotzabire enjoy a brief word with the Papal Master of Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini.  Msgr. Marini is almost always seen next to the Pope at all liturgies at which the Holy Father presides.

Deacons Brandon Moravitz and Evan Koop waiting for Vespers to begin

Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone (L) and another Prince of the Church process ahead of the Pope

Swiss Guards man the aisle during Vespers

The Servant of the Servants of God


  1. Bless all those called to be servant leaders in ministry! Safe journey home.

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