Take 2 — London Calling
St. Paul's Cathedral says a prayer for the Olympic venues
On Saturday, July 28, I visited one of the most historic sites in London: St. Paul's Cathedral. I wasn't expecting my visit to relate to the Olympics, but I should have known they would weasel their way into every part of life in London.
I climbed nearly 530 steps up to the top of the dome where I had an amazing 360 degree view of London. The climb involves tight spaces and extremely narrow staircases, but the view was worth it.
When I made it back down, a priest was saying mass in the cathedral. I grew up Catholic, but must confess I haven't been to church in years. I ended up grabbing a seat to rest and soak in the tradition. An Olympic reference was not far away. The priest prayed that "Organizers of the London Olympics find a permanent use for all the venues that were built for the 2012 Games." There wasn't a prayer offered for the athletes, or the volunteers or all the spectators in London, but there was a prayer said for the venues! It was such an interesting moment and I am glad that I stopped to listen.
Overall, St. Paul's was absolutely beautiful and I would recommend a visit to anyone who is lucky enough to visit London. Make sure you check out the Olympic venues to see if the prayer worked!
The exterior of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Photo by Susie Salem
View from St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Photo by Susie Salem