The Sacred Belt of the Virgin Mary

And this is our favorite act!!! A ballerina dancing on top of a grand piano while spinning and the piano is be driven by the the guy playing the piano!! This was AMAZING!
And this is our favorite act!!! A ballerina dancing on top of a grand piano while spinning and the piano is be driven by the the guy playing the piano!! This was AMAZING!
Another view, a little blurry, b/c they were moving!
Another view, a little blurry, b/c they were moving!
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She was awesome!
She was awesome!
Then the things on stilts came out!
Then the things on stilts came out! They performed with fireworks!

Since we didn’t arrive two hours early to get a seat in the temporary grandstands, we walked around for quite awhile, and decided to try to snag a seat. We could only find a place to stand on the stairs the led up to the grandstand, so we took our place. Believe us, it was very hard to “keep our place” the entire night, as people walked by and tried to force their way in and on us. It was jammed to the max with people. We of course thought standing for about two hours would be nothing…… little did we know that this “procession” was REALLY going to take four hours!!!!

After Norm announced to me, let’s say about 75 times, that “Hey Rita!! I can see just two more groups coming up the street”, (and about 75 ACTUAL groups later), we finally got to see what we came for.   It was 12:35 AM!!!!!

We anxiously watched as the reliquary box that holds the belt was unlocked by the Bishop through the use of two separate keys and then displayed inside the Duomo to the people attending the special mass, and then outside on the Donatello pulpit. After it was displayed three times, we decided to leave our perch and head home for the night!

Here are the trumpet players, right after they opened the Piazza Duomo to the public.
Here are the trumpet players, right after they opened the Piazza Duomo to the public.
Here's our first sighting!  Hard to see with the reflection of the glass.
Here’s our first sighting! Hard to see with the reflection of the glass.
Another view of the Sacred Belt.
Another view of the Sacred Belt.
This is more of a close up than before, but still hard to photograph without an expensive lens.
This is more of a close up than before, but still hard to photograph without an expensive lens.
This one is one of our best shots we got!
This one is one of our best shots we got!

Yeah, this was our latest evening out for us the entire time we’ve been gone! We didn’t get home until 1:45AM, so we were definitely night owls this night! But, it was all worth it even to Norm, who now thinks that all Catholics can’t tell time and are always LATE!!

4 thoughts on “The Sacred Belt of the Virgin Mary

    • Good Morning John. It was a struggle to stand and not move for 4 hours. I felt worse than when I play tennis. What have you been up to? I have not heard from you in the last few days. Busy in Harbor Springs?

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    • Hey Shorty. Great to hear from you. I miss talking to you on a regular basis. Hope all is well with you. I will see you when I return in November. How is John? Are you finding time to boat? Thanks for following us.

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