Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ROME, ITALY...Caput Mundi!

You are in the ETERNAL CITY. I don't like the sound of that! There is only one eternal city and we want to go there in the rapture not right now! However, Rome is called the Eternal City because it has always played a significant role in the history of Europe. It is also called the Eternal City because it is one of the world's richest in history and art, and one of the great cultural, religious, and intellectual centers.

Rome was founded in 753 BC by Romulus and Remus. Romulus wanted the city built on the Palatine Hill, Remus wanted it built on the Aventine Hill. The question was to be decided by an augury (divination). Remus was the first to see 6 vultures and Romulus saw 12. Each claimed the augury (the foretelling of future events by occult or supernatural means)in his favor and Remus was killed.

Romulus created the Roman Senate and the Roman Legions. He abducted women from the neighboring Sabine tribes. Romulus was one of ancient Rome's greatest conquerors, adding large amounts of territory and people to the dominion of Rome.

So there you have it, if Remus had been the victor, you today would be in Reme instead of Rome!

There is so much to see in Rome, I suppose you will see different sights everyday! There is the colosseum, the Roman Forum,the Pantheon, Roman Temples, the catacombs, cathedrals and castles, and the Sistine Chapels. There is also the Trevi Fountain. Tourists throw coins into the fountain to guarantee their return to Rome. If that is all it takes, throw in a bunch!

Today you will meet up with Missionary Mike Hopkins. I can't wait till you tell me about him. Missionaries are special people! From your itinerary, it looks like you will be hosted by him the entire time you are in Rome. On Sunday morning you are singing at the International Church. Does Mike pastor that church? You are going to have so much fun being with a missionary. I hope you get to go to his house and hang out, like the students and teams come to our house here in Jamaica!

This evening the concert is at the Evangelical Church of San Paolo. The itinerary says you are walking to the church. Won't that be so much fun! Can you imagine all the attention you will garner. Beautiful college students walking in their tuxedos and gowns! The townspeople will think there is a really large wedding happening on a Wednesday night!! They may follow you to the service and meet the Bridegroom himself...Jesus!

Have a lovely day sweetheart in the Eternal City. One day we are going to the one not built by hands, where the Eternal Conqueror lives. But in the meantime enjoy this one!

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