This Christmas was special for me in many ways both good and bad. Firstly I was in Rome, in the vicinity of the Vatican, the heart of Christianity. Though I am not a very religious person, I still found it very exciting. Secondly, this was the first Christmas I spend without family, far away from home. And finally things were not well back home, dad was not keeping well for some time now.
My original plan was to attend the midnight mass on the eve of Christmas, which had to be abandoned since everything in Rome had closed down for the festival.So the 25th morning I took a bus to the Vatican city to be among the hundreds of thousands of people who have travelled miles to spend their Christmas in Vatican.
As they say ” All roads lead to Rome ” but on Christmas all roads in Rome lead to Vatican.As I got down from the bus and walked towards St Peter’s Basilica, I could hear the distant sound of bells. From a distance I could see the Basilica, a standing testimony to the splendor and elegance of medieval architecture.Thousands of people gathered in the huge courtyard in front of the church to get a glimpse of the Pope as he appeared at the huge window of the Basilica to address them. This was something I had seen on TV for so many years and today it was happening right before me. I was in Vatican City standing in front of St Peter’s Basilica on a Christmas morning watching the Pope deliver the message of God to the millions of believers across the world. I muttered a silent prayer. A prayer of thanksgiving , a prayer of forgiveness a prayer that got drowned by the chants of the exuberant multitude and the rhythmic tolls of the church bells…
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dear u expressed everything very softly and simply thats nice… keep it up
my dream is to go to Jerusalem….and I’m not religious either….it’s just that all the things u hear in church and movies makes these places so “you have to go there” types…Happy that ur dream was fulfilled
u kept me hooked it the end of the post, which is something very few articles manage to do!
Adding myself as the follower to this blog!
@ Dan.. u r rite.. we grow up with so many stories abt these places that it makes us want to visit them ourselves.. hope u visit jerusalem soon. 🙂
@ Viyoma.. thanx a lot.. u write well too..
hey, a really good piece. simple and straight from the heart. 🙂
I got as far as you uttering a prayer when the crowds got kind of loud..but your blog is interesting, only the post keeps dissapearing? I couldn't finish- Anyway, have a great day-
@ Kilauea… i guess the browser was not compatible. Try out firefox or Google Chrome.. 🙂