Members of the Compass Rose Society were on top of the world today, when they visited Rio de Janeiro’s most famous landmark. The trip to the Sanctuary of Christ the Redeemer – one of the seven modern wonders of the world – took the group 710 metres above sea level on top of Corcovado Mountain. If the Society aimed to take a close-up look of the “Marvelous City” on their four-day visit to Rio, today they were given panoramic views.

The journey up included the train ride from Cosme Velho station and lifts and escalators to the final stretch. The group began in silent contemplation of the 30-metre statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms embracing the city. Then the “pilgrimage” continued inside the chapel under the statue with midday prayer. The group read Psalm 27′s insistence that “unless the Lord watches over the city, in vain the guard keeps vigil,” whilst the gospel reading told the story of the Transfiguration and the disciples’ ascent of a high mountain where they saw the body of Jesus transfigured before their eyes. Group members then prayed aloud for some of the places and people they had already come to know during their stay before joining together in the Lord’s Prayer and sang.

Photographs followed the service before the Society headed back down the mountain to enjoy lunch at a beach front restaurant. Said Eugene Johnston: “I don’t have words to describe what the experience meant to me.” Said Lynne Butt: “Rio de Janeiro was my dad’s favourite city and it was a very emotional moment.”

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The Rev. Fr. Nicholas Wheeler

USPG Mission Companion in Rio de Janeiro

Categories: News, Rio de Janeiro

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