Monday, November 8, 2010

The Pope and the Turbo-Charged Censer

The Holy Father was in Spain, and has since departed.  Vatican Radio sums up the visit:
What a difference 32 hours make.

In that space of time Pope Benedict XVI travelled to two cities in two autonomous regions in Spain, imparting his message along the way.

The Holy Father spoke about, pilgrimage, Christianity and its roots, re-evangelisation, encountering God, faith and art, the family, and charity.

Looking back on this visit for me is like a series of snapshots, I recall a foggy morning in Santiago de Compostela that turned into a glorious day; I picture the euphoric atmosphere at the Cathedral of Saint James and the Pope’s happy face as he was greeted by thousands.

Another abiding memory was watching the preparations just before the dedication of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and seeing its Chief Architect, who has worked on this masterpiece for years, making sure that everything was in place for the this great occasion.

But of course another snap shot would have to be the day itself and seeing even Pope Benedict marvel at this work by Antoni Gaudi that is now a true place of faith.

But it was also the little things too that made this visit so special, like the young girl at the centre for disabilities who touched the heart of the Pope by her simple but moving speech.

Yes, this visit was short but it was memorable, centring on the Pope’s call to Europe to learn from its Christian past in order to go forward in faith; to be one family like the pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela journeying together for a common purpose that has no barriers, the Gospel of Christ.

Pope Benedict said as he ended his pilgrimage here, with the Lord’s help he would encounter the people of Spain once again for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. If this trip is anything to go by a rousing reception is assured.

In Barcelona I’m Lydia O’Kane.

You might remember "Tool Time Tim" from the hit TV series Home Improvement.  He was always "turbo-charging" something.  Tim would be proud of this censer.

You don't need to know Spanish to understand what is going on in this video. There's a bit of background and history over at Whispers.  In a word: Whoa!  I was worried about the Holy Father getting his bell rung on a few of those passes of the censer.

In another video, we see the Holy Father dedicates the Sagrada Familia as a Basilica. 

Italian Journalist Sandro Magister gives us some background on this. His introduction reads as follows:

Benedict XVI is going to Barcelona to consecrate the masterpiece basilica. And he is proposing it as a model for modern builders of churches. A visitor's guide to the astonishing edifice.
Here is another video which goes into some details of the dedication ceremony.

More on the Pope's Visit to Spain from the Vatican website (speeches, homilies, etc.)

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