Monday, June 18, 2012

Statio Orbis Closing ICE Liturgy - Heading Home to Ottawa & Canada

The Statio Orbis Mass was an extraordinary rich experience: an hour of music and testimonies broadcast by RTE, the Irish National Broadcasting System (picked up by Salt + Light and other Catholic networks), a reverent final Mass for the more than 70,000 faithful in Croke Park and the Holy Father's closing message, which included the announcement that Cebu, Philippines would host the next ICE in 2016.

We journeyed to Croke Park by bus, hoofing the last good stretch to the stadium (including completely circling it outside and inside to get to our places. Following the liturgy, we had a great time trying to find our coach for the return trip but made it back for a closing festive dinner in the hotel dining-room.  Today we have a 6am Mass, then breakfast and off to the airport for a 10:45 departure on Air Canada to Toronto, customs procedures and transfer to an Ottawa connecting flight arriving at YOW at 4:15 and home, it is hoped an hour later. 

Deo gratias!

A selection of pictures of the marvellous, sunny, cloudy, rainy day:

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