Tuesday was one of most impactful days. It started off with a meeting and Bible study right after breakfast where we talked about unity between ourselves and also the division between the Spaniards. We truly believe that the devil and his demons use division here as a means to keep people from Christ.While the chorale isn’t divided, we definitely had moments where we weren’t as tight as we usually are. We took time to reflect on this and to pray about it. Our purpose in being here is to show the Spaniards what it’s like to be unified and how could we do that if we weren’t unified ourselves.
After our meeting, we went to see the Cathedral that has been in construction since 1882 and several apartments that were designed by Gaudi. We then had some free time in Barcelona to explore some more before we went back to where we were staying for lunch.
We had a rehearsal for the first part of the afternoon. The soloists were there for the first time so we got to hear all of the Bach and I finally got to sing with the tenor part. While there was a language barrier, getting to meet and interact with them was fascinating and exciting (and, ok, pretty nerve-wracking). I felt very honored to be treated as an equal to them, since I am very well not. They all greeted me with two kisses on the cheeks which is how Spaniards greet one another in certain situations.
After rehearsal, we went back into Barcelona for the most impactful time of the day. We first stopped in the old part of town and went to a cathedral that was hidden back some alleyways. We all stood and walked around in awe. Our host wanted us to sing in the cathedral so he ended up asking the priest’s permission. To our surprise, he said yes. This is significant because the time of day we were there was designated for silent reflection and prayer. To have that interrupted goes against the norms of the catholic traditions. But us interrupting that was good in the sense that we provoked thought and interest. The Spanish Catholics are stuck in a routine that leaves them blind and we took this opportunity to shine Christ’s light through our singing; through our worship. After we were done, we were thanked by the priest. It definitely left a lasting affect that we pray God will use for His glory.
We then walked to Las Ramblas to take time to remember and pray for the attack that happened a month ago to the day. We walked the length of the boulevard that the van had driven down and once we got to the end, we got together in small groups and prayed. We prayed for the people of Barcelona who were impacted by the attack, for unity in Spain (for both the Christians and the country in general), for God to use us, and much more. Then, as a group, we sang in the middle of the street right were the van had gone. We sang Total Praise in English and Spanish, In Christ Alone, and the Doxology. We all cried. We all worshipped. People came to watch, some took their hats off, some joined in with us. It was very much a holy moment and it was extremely evident that God was with us. We came together as one unified body and used our opportunity to intercede for the Spaniards who don’t know Christ the way we do and to cry out for them. They are hurting and they need Christ.
Pray that we can be a catalyst for God’s plans. Pray that we can continue to be unified and not allow Satan to pull us apart. And pray for the people of Spain as they try to navigate this difficult time while they’re not unified.