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Leuven Living: Going to Mass

img_0100.jpgAs I get used to living in Leuven, one thing I have been able to do from the start is to continue my daily habit of going to mass. There are two churches I go to. The first one, St Peter’s (Sint-Pieterskirk), is the main church located in the town center. This is where I go to mass on Saturdays and Sundays, since this is the closest to my apartment.

img_0103.jpgimg_0102.jpgOn weekdays, I go to St Gertrude’s (Sint-Gertrui), a Benedictine abbey, which has the town’s earliest mass at 8am. Fortunately for me, it is exactly on the way to the office.

The mass is in Dutch, and I don’t understand a word, although of course if you know how the mass goes, you can follow. What strikes me attending mass here is there is the absence of kneeling. In fact, there are no kneelers. Most of the mass is spent sitting down, with the people only standing up during the gospel, the consecration, and the Our Father.  

Not surprisingly, most of the people who attend mass are old people; the young people are nowhere in sight. Surprise! No Filipinos to be found either.

img_0116.jpg Half a euro to light a candle.

 

 

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Detail of gargoyles at the side of St. Peter’s. Nothing more than nice downspouts hehe.

 

 

img_0098-1.jpgInterior of St. Peter’s. No kneelers, and heaters instead of electric fans.

 

 

 

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Leuven Living: Going to Mass

  1. Hey! Bring back pasulubong!

    Posted by Jan Ong | January 20, 2008, 6:38 pm
  2. Sure, maybe some belgian waffles hehe

    Posted by jpalana | January 20, 2008, 10:37 pm
  3. how about belgian chocolates na lang kaya? : )

    Posted by butch | February 14, 2008, 1:01 pm
  4. just read your blog, and saw you mentioned that you were going to mass in Dutch and didn’t understand anything. Have you considered trying mass at the American College?

    http://www.acl.be/Localinfo/Useful/liturgy.htm

    Posted by anon | September 8, 2008, 11:46 pm
  5. I am Filipina and Im new here.. Thanks for the blog. Im looking for sunday english mass.

    Posted by Jai Balsina Frinza | October 6, 2013, 8:12 am

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