I just couldn’t wait to share more photographs of the lovely city of Prague with you! Especially when the alternative is to continue revising. I think I deserve a break, right?
There was an entrance fee to go past where the rope is, just before the pews begin. This broke my heart, because I’ve never heard of their being an entry fee to a house of worship. This opened my eyes to the lack of widespread, strong faith in the Czech people. I’m not certain why this is, but I’m glad that there is still a Christan presence and that the government is still committed to preserving this magnificent cathedral.
The next place we explored was the Karlův Most, or Charles Bridge, which was built in 1357! This is the most famous bridge in Prague; dozens of beautiful old statues, many of saints, line the entire bridge for pedestrians. Local artists and craftsmen dot the entire length, displaying and selling their work. I stopped at many of them to admire the jewelry, paintings, or other pieces, and everyone I talked to was quite friendly whether they spoke English or not. Fortunately, I at least know how to say hello, good day, please, and thank you in Czech [thanks to my wonderful voice teacher at Erskine, Ms. Svatonova, a native of Prague]!
A series of plaques in English, Hebrew, and Czech beside The Calvary explains the Hebrew on the statue:
” The addition to the statue of the Hebrew inscription and the explanatory texts from 1696 is the result of improper court proceedings against Elias Backoffen, who was accused of debasing the Holy Cross. The additon of the Hebrew inscripton of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “Holy, holy, holy is our Lord of the multitude,” which represent a very important expression of faith in the Jewish tradition, was intended to humiliate the Jewish community.”
The Latin inscription underneath this reads,
“O vos omnes, qui transitis per viam, attendite et videte, si est dolor sicut dolor meus.”
I have so many more photographs and stories to share with you, but I need to spend some time revising before our hall’s Valedictory dinner this evening. I was sort of nominated to give a speech, so that will definitely be improvised. We’ll see how it goes! I am looking forward to it though. I also want to wish a huge congratulations to all of the 4th year students at Erskine who finished their last undergraduate classes today! I wish you all the best as you finish out your semester and take your final exams. Less than 10 days left! I am praying for you all.