The Football Match
Today was a day of local activities and a rest from bus travel. It started with mass in the local cathedral in Rozanymstok. Every Sunday there are seven masses delivered and each one completely full with people seating, standing around the sides and even outside on the grass. Once again reminding us of the deep history and engagement with faith and religion in Poland.
We then had a number of hours before lunch and everyone was given time to relax and explore the local area. After a delicious lunch it was time for football. Wales vs Poland, our version of the Euro 2016 match that should have happened! Five aside it was our Welsh pilgrim’s vs the local altar servers. However, they had failed to mentioned that this was a team who played in a local league every week, and the score line reflected this! Despite the score (and a few injuries that were picked up during the game) it was a great match of football with a large number of our pilgrims taking to the field and the others working as cheerleaders on the side-lines with loud songs and chants. After the match, handshakes were exchanged and the Cardiff team were awarded a special trophy and a large team photo was taken with all players. The match was inclusive for all and all participants from both teams were laughing and interacting, and just sharing in their love of football.
After all players had cleaned up and cooled down it was time for adoration. As a group we were given access to the Cathedral and spent the next few moments in collective worship and prayer. We then proceeded to have dinner which was followed by a talent show. Each member of the group demonstrating their special talents. There was a range of performances with magic tricks, campfire songs, solo songs, a poem and a group dance. The performances were enjoyable with the audience joining in, encouraging and applauding each performer.
The night then ended with some traditional Polish dancing taught by two local girls which was then followed by drinks and snacks before everyone headed to bed to finish packing and get some sleep before the early start the next morning. Although the day didn’t consist of many WYD centred events it still was a day filled with activity. It was a chance for the group to enjoy their last day in Rozanystok and enjoy time together as a group before the chaos of Krakow begins.