Visit to Ottawa
This past weekend I flew to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to visit with a prospective. I had never been to Ottawa and was struck with its beauty. It is an old city with a European charm about it. Being the seat of the federal government, it proudly holds the parliament building which is a stately medieval looking structure one might expect to find in London, England. The city is truly bilingual. One hears both English and French in all places.
But the real joy was entering the Basilica Cathedral of Notre Dame. Pictured at the right in a photo scanned from a post card, the sanctuary is, to say the least, ornate. What is pictured is a mere fraction of the sanctuary. The statuary wraps around the entire sanctuarydepicting heroes of the Old and New testament. I was privileged to concelebrate the Saturday afternoon Eucharist in English.
I returned to the States yesterday feeling I had truly been to another country with a rich history and culture.