The day began meeting our tour guide, Fadora. She led us on a detailed tour of parts of Rome as we rode our motor coach. Upon arriving in Vatican City we entered the Vatican Museum. This incredible museum and home of Pope Francis contains nearly 7 kilometers of galleries. Our tour wound through the pine cone garden, several small galleries, the tapestry gallery, the map gallery, a papal apartment, and finally the Sistine Chapel. We had the opportunity to see art we had only read about in books and heard about in lectures. It is breathtaking to stand beneath Michelangelo's masterpiece on the ceiling of the chapel and before his massive Last Judgement. It is an honor to be able to to stand and try to take in the grandeur of this room.
Upon our exit from the chapel we went in to St. Peter's Basilica. This is the largest basilica in the world and one of the most magnificent. There truly are no words to describe this space and the way one feels as the artwork and architecture are explored.
After lunch the students had time to choose between several activities either in St. Peter's Square or near the hotel. Everyone had a great time. This was followed by small group dinners and a moving communion service led by Rev. Anna Fulmer and Rev. Will Scott.
What an amazing group of young people!
Thank you for your prayers.