Cathedral of Santa Maria de Eivissa, 10.30 Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, 15th August 2013.
Did anynybody greet you on entering the church?
Yes, a pigeon outside the cathedral door sat on my bicycle seat and did a whoopsie.
What were the opening words of the Mass?
Don’t know. Arrived covered in perspiration five minutes late after cycling up steep streets through Ibiza old town.
How many people attended the service?
About 27 including four franciscan sisters. About three hundred people came in the through the door during the Mass, took a photograph, and walked out again.
The above is the sort of photograph they took.
The Mass was a pleasant surprise because – although it was very poorly attended (27 people for the main Mass for the Feast of the Assumption) it was very prayerful, albeit Novus Ordo, and there were about fifteen people who received communion kneeling (including your intrepid Rabit reporter). The priest made his getaway afterwards on a motorbike.
More photos of Ibiza cathedral. You will see that the year of faith is well flagged-up:
Just down the hill the Augustinian sisters have a chapel for permanent exposition of the Lord. A great witness.