Today was a wonderful occasion in Croke Park for the Statio Orbis Mass to close the 50th Eucharistic Congress. I was part of the Pilgrim Choir whose job it was to get the congregation singing. In what was a long day I think everybody enjoyed themselves, I brought along my 1932 Eucharistic Congress flag to wave about. I had fond memories of Mrs D, Uncle Charlie, and my Grandmother Kathleen (Hurley) O'Loughlin as I waved the flag about. It attracted quite a bit of attention.
There was some wonderful singing from the Three Priests, soprano Celine Byrne, plus music from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra who unfortunately drowned out the Palistrina Choir.
Pope Benedict sent a pre-recorded message which was well received, though it stopped sort of an apology to victims of abuse. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivered a good speech at the end to encourage all to renew their faith and to continue to have faith in Jesus Christ.
I have to say I enjoyed the day and it felt good to be a Christian today.
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