|AVE MARIA, FLORIDA--ORATORIO (CHURCH)|
This is how I was raised in the Catholic Faith. (Spirituality came many years later--still working on that!) This celebration takes me back more than 70 years, so please allow me freedom here to express my remembrances of Joy.
A well-trained, youthful, enthusiastic Ave Maria University choir is singing, as is all the congregation who remember the Latin (I do!). Three priests are celebrating. Our group from Naples (AA Peeps!) is sitting up front, because that is where I like to be, up close..."Close Encounter"?
This Oratorio seats 2,000 and IS a church to all who come here. Hundreds of students attend daily mass here. (Two masses during the week are Latin low masses.) On Sundays, this 12:30 PM is the only High (sung) Mass, the serene beauty of it lasts 90 minutes!
Please take a few minutes to view this short video of Ave Maria Oratorio, located in the 'new' city of Ave Maria, Florida. Only 7 years ago this was cow pasture. For now I will not, simply cannot describe the town and the university. OMG! but it IS all so wonderful. Everywhere we walk it is like stepping on the Yellow Brick Road in "WIZARD of OZ".