22 October 2013

#32 - On the hour 12:00

Sneaky...

You are told at the entrance, no backpacks (which must be difficult for the pilgrims) and no taking pictures during the mass. Which around 50% of the people ignored as soon as the Botafumeiro came out and started it's insane swinging... 
This sneaky shot is at 12:00 pm, sitting in pews mostly (except me, as a non Christian I sat off to the side on the base of a pillar, tried to be respectful listening to the service). A nun had such a beautiful pure voice. There were 6 men in white robes, some of whom only had two short lines (basically to say welcome thanks for coming and being a pilgrim to Saint Iago/James in several languages); and further men in red robes to hold out the cap for money, and to prepare & swing the incense. It seemed an unfair balance somehow. The organ player sat metres and metres above us, with his back to us, I could see his shirt collar above a black jumper. 
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