Welcome back! Today’s post is extremely special to me, and I hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, January 6th, 2019, one of the best days of my life.
Today, I went to the Epiphany Mass that was presided by Pope Francis. This is really special because he rarely does the Sunday Masses, and I had the opportunity to go to a Mass done by him!
Our morning started by walking over to Vatican City, which is about a 30 minute adventure from our hotel. We were so very excited, and could not wait to get there. Upon arrival, we stood in line to go through security and then we had the absolutely amazing chance to go to Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica! WE GOT TO SIT INSIDE AND EXPERIENCE MASS WITH POPE FRANCIS!
Our seats were very close to the center aisle, so we were able to see a majority of the things happening. Before the service started, we prayed the rosary and sang songs that were in Latin. Then, the procession began, and Pope Francis was just a few feet away from me! I stood there in shock, and tried to take a picture without completely shaking.
During Mass, a majority of it was said in Italian, but something really special occurred during the petitions. Each prayer that was offered was read by a different person and presented in a different language. I thought that was really neat and displayed our Catholic value of inclusion!
The most special part to me of this experience was that I got my great grandma’s rosary blessed. She would have loved to visit Rome, but unfortunately she never had the opportunity. However, I am very grateful that I could bring a piece of her with me, and get her rosary blessed by Pope Francis. On our way out after the service had ended, I noticed that there was a fountain of holy water off to the side. I went over to it, said a prayer, and dunked her rosary into it. It was such a special moment, and I am so glad that I had the chance to do this. I hope that my great grandma is smiling up in heaven!
After walking out of St. Peter’s, we walked onto the square, where there were thousands of people! It was absolutely packed, but a gorgeous sight to see. We were then directed toward the center of the square to wait for Pope Francis to give his speech out of the window of the Papal Apartments. It was such an amazing experience, and I am so grateful that I was able to attend this Mass and the events at the Vatican.
Overall, today was absolutely amazing, and I would not trade it for the world. I hope that someday I have the chance to go to a Papal Mass again, but if I don’t, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to take Grandma D’s rosary with me and have her sitting right there with me.
I love you, Grandma D!
“Grandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.” -Anonymous