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Chorale Trip to Rome, Italy - October 2009

Sunrise over Italy as we prepare to land
Sunrise over Italy as we prepare to land
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
Outside of the Colosseum
Outside of the Colosseum
Column of Marcus Aurelius, in the Piazza Colonna
Column of Marcus Aurelius, in the Piazza Colonna
There are lots of motor scooters
There are lots of motor scooters
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Column of the Immaculate Conception
Column of the Immaculate Conception
These are the Spanish Steps, across from the Spanish Embassy
These are the Spanish Steps, across from the Spanish Embassy
View from the top of the steps
View from the top of the steps
A church at the top of the steps
A church at the top of the steps
Obelisk at the Piazza of the People
Obelisk at the Piazza of the People
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (our first mass performance - Saturday 10/10/09)
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (our first mass performance - Saturday 10/10/09)
Looking towards the front of the Basilica
Looking towards the front of the Basilica
This is where we sang, facing the congregation
This is where we sang, facing the congregation
The ceiling above the altar
The ceiling above the altar
Preparing for our first mass performance
Preparing for our first mass performance
The church was full of people
The church was full of people
I played after the mass ended
I played after the mass ended
This is supposed to be the remains of St. Paul
This is supposed to be the remains of St. Paul
There is an altar placed above the sarcophagus
There is an altar placed above the sarcophagus
The empty seats after most people left
The empty seats after most people left
The current Pope next to the previous one
The current Pope next to the previous one
Smiling after a successful first performance
Smiling after a successful first performance
St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (from a distance)
St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (from a distance)
Artists at the Piazza Navona
Artists at the Piazza Navona
Another obelisk in the Piazza Navona
Another obelisk in the Piazza Navona
Sculpture of Jesus with John the Baptist
Sculpture of Jesus with John the Baptist
Is this how Italians view our president???
Is this how Italians view our president???
Ancient city remains at an archeological site
Ancient city remains at an archeological site
The Pantheon
The Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Inside the Pantheon
Burial site of Queen Margherita (wife of King Umberto I who reigned in Italy 1878-1900)
Burial site of Queen Margherita (wife of King Umberto I who reigned in Italy 1878-1900)
The Italian artist Rafael is also buried here
The Italian artist Rafael is also buried here
A couple taking wedding photos near the Pantheon
A couple taking wedding photos near the Pantheon
Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore (Mary Major)
Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore (Mary Major)
Inside of the Basilica
Inside of the Basilica
Waiting on line to enter St. Peter's Square (Vatican City)
Waiting on line to enter St. Peter's Square (Vatican City)
Two of the five people being canonized as saints (Sunday, 10/11/09)
Two of the five people being canonized as saints (Sunday, 10/11/09)
Thousands of people already
Thousands of people already
Moon setting behind St. Peter's Basilica
Moon setting behind St. Peter's Basilica
Pope Benedict XVI addressing the crowd outside
Pope Benedict XVI addressing the crowd outside
An empty St. Peter's Square, the day after the canonization mass
An empty St. Peter's Square, the day after the canonization mass
Inside St. Peter's Basilica
Inside St. Peter's Basilica
Michelangelo's Pieta
Michelangelo's Pieta
Vatican Museum
Vatican Museum
No bathing suits allowed inside (I guess there is a strict dress code)
No bathing suits allowed inside (I guess there is a strict dress code)
Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Museum
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican Museum
I can't even begin to imagine what this road sign means
I can't even begin to imagine what this road sign means
English mass at the Santuario Del Divino Amore (Church of the Divine Love)
English mass at the Santuario Del Divino Amore (Church of the Divine Love)
Monday, 10/12/09
Monday, 10/12/09
Standing room only!
Standing room only!
Baptism font
Baptism font
Back at the hotel room
Back at the hotel room
View from the hotel balcony
View from the hotel balcony
A few of us at Hard Rock Cafe, Rome
A few of us at Hard Rock Cafe, Rome
Basilica of St. John Lateran (the third and final mass in Italian - Tuesday, 10/13/09)
Basilica of St. John Lateran (the third and final mass in Italian - Tuesday, 10/13/09)
Helicopter parked outside the Basilica
Helicopter parked outside the Basilica
The ceiling inside the Basilica
The ceiling inside the Basilica
Thousands of people here, too!
Thousands of people here, too!
Diane prepares to cantor this mass
Diane prepares to cantor this mass
The entire chorale group along with Dr. Gatz
The entire chorale group along with Dr. Gatz
A small organ inside the Basilica
A small organ inside the Basilica
Only one keyboard
Only one keyboard
This organ had foot pedals to control the wind bellows
This organ had foot pedals to control the wind bellows
The organ now is powered by electricity
The organ now is powered by electricity
Lisa on the bellow pedals
Lisa on the bellow pedals
Lisa playing the organ while I provide the air pressure
Lisa playing the organ while I provide the air pressure
The larger organ inside the Basilica
The larger organ inside the Basilica
Unfortunately, we did not get to play it
Unfortunately, we did not get to play it
Part of the Basilica ceiling
Part of the Basilica ceiling
Small angels hold up the ceiling supports
Small angels hold up the ceiling supports
Outside the Basilica after a successful mass performance
Outside the Basilica after a successful mass performance
It was Pat's birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday
It was Pat's birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday
It was also Mary's birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday again
It was also Mary's birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday again
The restaurant owner played some music, so some of us get up to dance
The restaurant owner played some music, so some of us get up to dance
On the rooftop of the Little Sister's Rome residence
On the rooftop of the Little Sister's Rome residence
The two domes on the left is the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore
The two domes on the left is the Basilica of St. Maria Maggiore
St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican City
St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican City
The Colosseum from the rooftop
The Colosseum from the rooftop
Michelangelo's depiction of Moses, inside the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)
Michelangelo's depiction of Moses, inside the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli)
These are the actual chains of St. Peter
These are the actual chains of St. Peter
Walking towards the Colosseum
Walking towards the Colosseum
Arch of Constatine, as seen from the Colosseum
Arch of Constatine, as seen from the Colosseum
Arch of Titus, as seen from the Colosseum
Arch of Titus, as seen from the Colosseum
Closeup of the Arch of Titus
Closeup of the Arch of Titus
Some of our chorale group
Some of our chorale group
The Colosseum as it was originally constructed
The Colosseum as it was originally constructed

Published: 10-16-2009
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