I got up and got ready and went to church, which is something that I will admit I don't do nearly enough.
Part of the reason I don't go is that I haven't found a Catholic church near me in Chicago that I like, and most of them don't have Mass at a convenient time. Terrible excuse, I know.
But anyway, I'm here and I figured it would be cool to check out the inside of a beautiful, old Church and catch Mass at the same time, and I am SO glad I did. I went to St. Thomas, which is an English-speaking parish here in Prague. It's an old Gothic church, and it is SO beautiful. Here are a couple of pics I snapped on my iPhone before the Mass started.
This one is the view from where I was sitting towards the back of the Church:
These ornate "stations" (don't know what else to call them) were all around the aisles of the Church
Wider shot of behind the altar
And a shot of the ceiling... it was seriously incredible.
The Mass itself was a pretty basic Catholic Mass. It was in English, and it cracked me up because the Priest actually spoke way better English than most of the priests that I had at my Catholic school/church in Texas growing up. We always had priests who spoke English as a second language and were SO hard to understand. I will never forget Father Joe, the Vietnamese priest who said "brothers and sisters" like "brotha and sitta" and "Jesus Christ" sounded like "cheese on rice." Ha. And many Hispanic priests with super thick accents too.
It was a great morning and a great way to start my week!
Now I'm off to read for classes this week... we've got a lot assigned (boo!) and I need to get on it.
Have a fabulous week!