Boston – Road Trip (Part 3)

The final destination of our December road trip was Boston, where our youngest daughter, Mariah, is in her third year of college. Following our time spent in Ohio with family and dealing with the death of Cindy’s dad, Cindy, Mariah, and I drove the 11+ hours to Boston in one day, on December 23rd. The steady rain/drizzle, fog, and occasionally heavy traffic made it one of the most miserable, stressful days of driving I’ve experienced. But, thankfully, we arrived safely.

Sunday, in Ohio, we attended Divine Liturgy at our nephew, Jon's, Orthodox Church. Beautiful!

Sunday, in Ohio, we attended Divine Liturgy at our nephew, Jon’s, Orthodox Church. Beautiful!

Looking out the window of our perch in the Wheelhouse restaurant in Boston, onto the rainy streets of Boston

Looking out the window of our perch in the Wheelhouse restaurant in Boston, onto the rainy streets of Boston

Delicious lunch at Wheelhouse

Delicious lunch at Wheelhouse

The morning of Christmas Eve was for relaxing and recovery from the previous day’s trip. The evening was spent in joyous celebration of the birth of Christ. Cindy and I walked in the rain for 1.5 miles to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to celebrate a late afternoon Christmas mass. Holy Cross is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England and is a magnificent edifice dating from the 1860s-70s. What a wonderful experience!

Walking through Chinatown to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Walking through Chinatown to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cathedral of the Holy Cross

View toward the apse

View toward the apse

The altar of Holy Corss

The altar of Holy Corss

The nativity scene, just completed by the appearance of the baby Jesus.

The nativity scene, just completed by the appearance of the baby Jesus.

A look toward the narthex

A look toward the narthex

The Facade of Holy Cross

The Facade of Holy Cross

After mass, we took a taxi back to the waterfront and enjoyed a fine Christmas dinner at one of our favorite places, Chart House. Then it was on for more celebration. We walked through little Italy to the north end of Boston to the oldest standing church building in Boston, the Old North Church, from which the famous “one if by land, two if by sea” signal was sent on April 18, 1775 during the American Revolution. The first half hour of the Festival Holy Eucharist which began at 10:30 was dedicated to the rapturous Gloria, composed by Late Baroque composer Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785). Wow! How beautiful to sit in such a historic church building, flooded with glorious music from the choir and orchestra. The music was followed by a wonderful service in which we were reminded of the conciliatory meaning of Christ’s incarnation and advent.

View of the front of Old North Church from our box

View of the front of Old North Church from our box

Cindy seated in our box for the Festival Holy Eucharist

Cindy seated in our box for the Festival Holy Eucharist

The Rev. Stephen Ayres delivering the Christmas message

The Rev. Stephen Ayres delivering the Christmas message

Old North Church Pulpit, from which men like Charles Wesley have stood to preach.

Old North Church Pulpit, from which men like Charles Wesley have stood to preach.

A view toward the organ loft

A view toward the organ loft

Looking down from the loft

Looking down from the loft

Christmas day was spent with Mariah, and her boyfriend, Murilo. We enjoyed a time of gift-giving, dinner at Legal Seafood (one of the few dining establishments open on Christmas day), and a movie (Night at the Museum 3). We are thankful that we were able to spend this time together.

Murilo and Mariah on Christmas Day

Murilo and Mariah on Christmas Day

Movie Night!

Movie Night!

The next day, I flew back to Lakeland and Cindy flew back to Ohio. I will finish up my string of shifts on Sunday, and then, on Monday, we will both fly back to Beatitude. Our respective flights from Lakeland and Cleveland converge in Ft. Lauderdale, where we will be reunited on a flight back to the Bahamas.

4 thoughts on “Boston – Road Trip (Part 3)

  1. It looks beautiful in Boston..and pretty damp 🙂 you guys have had a busy month! I’m sure you will be glad to be back on Beatitude before long now (I’m going to miss your wife terribly though!) Thanks for being there for us and being so gracious letting us enjoy Cindy longer. You both are such a blessing. Ily

  2. Oh to have been in your shoes, or your jacket pocket for the visits to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and the Old North Church.
    Such beauty. The altar, the ceiling, the exterior, WOW…just left me in awe. Thanks so very much for sharing, in words which helped me feel your surroundings and the visual images ( your pictures) which made it all seem so real.
    God Bless. I pray 2015 will bless you both as you return to your Beautitude and continue your planned adventure.

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