In Krakow the Three Kings begin the procession in three different areas of the Old Town and move towards the center followed by the townspeople (that would be us). Due to our parking location we had the honor of beginning at the top of Wawel Hill and processing in along the "Royal Way". We prayed, sang Koledy (Christmas Carols) and were given copious amounts of paper crowns, stickers, and song books. Along the way there were also people accepting donations for several different charities and in exchange handing out pieces of blessed chalk and incense for blessing your home for the coming year. The procession is concluded at the center of the Old Town where a living nativity scene is waiting and the Three Kings present their gifts to the baby Jesus. There is more singing and then a blessing and prayer from the Archbishop of Krakow (Cardinal Dziwisz).
|Waiting for the procession to start at the castle.|
|Processing down the royal way. Bringing up the rear, as usual.|
Some video for perspective (and singing)...
|This is as close as we got. It was packed.|
|More precious than gold to King Felix, he offers the baby Jesus...candy.|
It's days like today which remind me of one of the most important reasons why I, personally - without any Polish blood running through my veins - wanted to move to Poland. The traditions, the culture, the shared faith. It's not a perfect country, but it has such a richness, a fullness, about it. I want to give this to my children.
I am glad we are here. I am thankful. I am hopeful.
And now Martin is making some homemade mulled wine, which I detest. He insists we drink it to celebrate Twelfth Night and the first and only snowy day we have seen this Christmas Season.
P.S. Martin says this picture is "magical" but he just finished his own, as well as my, mulled wine, soooo.....
|Outside our bedroom window right now.|