Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This is Saint Stephan's Basilica in Budapest. It's not a terribly old church, as you can tell from the style. In fact, it doesn't look like much from the outside. But on the inside it's all marble and gilt. It's gorgeous. We went to Sunday evening Mass there. It was in Hungarian. If you've ever read anything about Hungarian, you know it's nothing like the Romance or Germanic or Slavic languages. It's in its own little Finno-Ugric language family. Which means about the only word we picked up during the entire service was Jesus.
Imagine our surprise when we walked in and one of the first things we saw was a statue of Szent Rita. (Click...) We turned, and there across the way, was ...
We kid you not.
(I inadvertently saved some changes to this picture, which accounts for the over-dramatic presentation. But it really is Szent Terez!)