Friday, November 22, 2013

Rome/Assisi Day 7

          Thursday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel followed by check out and boarding the buses. It was about a three hour ride to Assisi and once we got to the foot of the hill, we all got out to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where the real Portiuncula is. We visited all the side chapels, saw the rope that St. Francis wore, prayed in the Portiuncula, saw the rose garden St. Francis was in and then visited the gift shop before heading out. We were back on the buses 50 minutes later to drive up the hill to our hotels.
          We got off the buses and then took an escalator up the hill to the village where we walked for about 10 minutes to the hotel. We got in and went straight to lunch followed by check in to our rooms. We had about an hour and a half until Mass, so I decided to stay in my room and type some journal entries because I was too tired to walk around.
          Everyone was at Mass at the Cathedral of San Rufino and after Mass Fr. Ron gave a little talk pointing out the highlights of the church which included the baptismal font where John Paul II was baptized, the chapel where St. Francis used to spend the night in prayer, a little gallery of painting of John Paul II, and the room where St. Clare was born. Fr. Ron gave everyone an individual blessing, if they wanted, and after the blessing, I walked around the church.
          When we left the church, we stopped and looked in all the little shops on the way back to the hotel for dinner. They were so cute!  After dinner, most of the students were at adoration from 8:15-9:15 and after that most of us went back to our rooms and crashed.

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