When I was choosing hotels to stay at while in Philadelphia, I chose the one closest to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. You see, I was only going to be in Philly for the weekend – I arrived Saturday night and basically had only 1 full day, that Sunday, to explore. My flight to Philadelphia was long and quite bumpy. I was too tired to worry whenever we came across turbulence, and after a long flight and a restful sleep at my hotel, I was very much looking forward to starting off my Sunday with prayers of thanks as I go to mass.
The cathedral wasn’t hard to find – located in front of the Logan Square, it was a few minutes away from the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rocky Steps. Alas, I was traveling by foot so I could only admire the museum from a distance. And it was my first time traveling to the USA during summer season, and man did it remind me of my hot and humid city back in the Philippines.
So anyway, back to the cathedral. I was impressed as soon as I caught sight of its brown facade. There are 4 statues: The Sacred Heart, Mary Immaculate Conception, and Saints Peter and Paul. I read in their website that the cathedral is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania. It is also the seat of the diocese of Philadelphia.
I was more impressed upon entering the cathedral. The dome ceiling was illuminated by the sunlight coming through the tainted glass portraits. I’m no expert on architecture, but this beautiful cathedral reminds me so much of the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal. The music coming from the cathedral’s organ was enthralling. The singing voice of the commentator was fascinating as well.
I left the cathedral with hope in my heart. It was a blessing to have arrived safe in Philadelphia, and I feel that even though I’ve got a long week ahead, my God won’t leave my side and guide me all throughout.