Staying in the Jiading ‘suburb’ of Shanghai or district, as they are called here, our light colored skin, hair and freckles have proved to be a source of fascination for many locals. Heads have turned as we walk by and many have taken our picture. Some openly and others, thinking we can’t see them, take our photo on the sly. It doesn’t bother us and we are happy to smile and pose as long as they are relatively polite and respectful. Which, without a doubt, they have been.
This morning we went to a very small (300 people) local Catholic Church to attend Mass. We came in the back and sat in the last pew but, in no time at all, word spread through the sanctuary that foreigners were present. Heads turned and they made no secret of staring at us. I’m not kidding, LOTS of heads turned.
Mass was lovely and while I understood 4 words total….Ni hao (hello) XieXie (thank you), amen and alleluia I was able to follow along because worldwide the service is the same wherever you go. Same readings and same prayers no matter the language and no matter the location. It.Is.Awesome. (Plus, with Mass Apps I can follow the readings in English)
I know what this says!! (Jesus, I trust in You)
The altar of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Diocese of Wenzhou
And a big kudos to the congregation for the beautiful and roof-raising singing. It was amazing to hear such joyful voices being lifted unto the Lord!
After Mass we wandered back into the courtyard where we ended up the main attraction for pictures. We happily posed for about 10 minutes while taking different group shots and individual selfies. It was fun and the Chinese – in all their curiosity – were welcoming and excited to see us.
Taking a picture of them taking pictures of us
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.
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