God and Nationals Park
From reporter Jacqui L. Salmon
I'm here at Nationals Park at 4:30 a.m. Quite a site. 300 red-jacketed ushers swarming the place.
The stage and the field are in gold and white. 5,000 white seats are lined up, but the diamond has been cordoned off with white fencing and some kind of artificial bushes.
The forecast is sunny and 70s. I wonder how many Novenas Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, had to perform to get that weather? This would have miserable in the rain.
A couple of notes of what's to come: The pope will (obviously) be celebrating the mass along with what appears to be half the priest and bishop population of the United States: 250 bishops and 1,300 priests. I'm told the archdiocese was surprised by the demand.
The altar, papal chair, pulpit and lecturn were designed by two students at Catholic University. The chalice was made in Spain and the vestments were made in Holland. Holland? Go figure.
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