Friends at St. James:
Sunday June 28th we attended the liturgy at Sant
Pau del Camp. We visited the church to see the architecture a few days
earlier. This is the oldest church in Barcelona. Located just around
the corner from our accommodation, the interior of this lovely ancient
parish church has a very meditative feel. It is difficult to believe that
this church that is now surrounded by the city of Barcelona was originally
surrounded by farmland. According to tradition, St. Paul managed a visit
to this general area. The liturgy was in Catalan, a very interesting
dialect spoken here in Catalunya.
also visited Santa
Maria del Mar with its interesting Catalan-Gothic architecture.
A wedding was taking place at the time of our visit. We tourists sat
quietly in the back until the wedding concluded. The liturgy at St. Pau
and the wedding at St. Maria were reminders of the participation of
faithful people in these sacred places over the centuries.
had opportunity on June 29th to enjoy two wonderful vistas of Barcelona.
First we saw the city and the bustling port of Barcelona from the historic
but sometime infamous Montjuic
Castle. The Castle that was used at times
as a prison during the rebellion of 1909 and during the Franco regime,
will soon host The
International Centre for Peace. Later the same day we saw
Barcelona from the heights of Park Guell --another example of the creative
work of Antoni Gaudi (see Sagrada Familia in our earlier posting). We
admired the splendid Gaudi
designs. Live classical Spanish guitar music greeted visitors
beneath one of Gaudi's terraces. The day as a whole was a kind of metaphor
for every society. I thought of the need to remember the past and the
sacrifices of previous generations (Montjuic Castle) while anticipating
the future with hope and vision (Park Guell). It is difficult to leave
this fabulous weather and this exciting city. Tomorrow we head back to
North America and journey to Philadelphia.
on photographs to enlarge them:
and Wendy in Barcelona
Pau del Camp, Barcelona, the parish church in the neighborhood of our
at the Louvre between the "winged bulls" from the palace
of Sargon II
window at St. Maria del Mar, Barcelona