Mauye Seemann of Bally and her sister Lisa Endy of Birdsboro were among the select few who witnessed Pope Benedict XVI mass at Yankee Stadium in New York City on Sunday, April 20."It was a regular Catholic Mass, except the Pope was saying it. We were in Yankee Stadium, and there were 57,000 cheering people there," Seemann explained succinctly.
"While you could feel the holy presence, it was also like being at a rock concert when the Pope arrived," Seemann said.
She added that the time before Mass began, was equal to the opening of an Olympics, complete with dancers and popular singers such as Harry Connick Jr., who commented at the beginning of his songs: 'You know you're doing all right when you're opening for the Pope.' "They kept us entertained while we were waiting."
The two arrived at their seats in Yankee stadium over four hours before the Pope entered in his Popemobile.
"The pre-mass show was unbelievable," Endy agreed.
The crowd was extremely respectful; there was no foul language, added Seemann.
With numerous secret service agents, complimented with sharpshooters, it was not only a holy place; it was also very safe place.
While some of the crowd did the wave, others chanted 'Alleluia, alleluia, Benedicto, Benedicto and Benedicto, we love you.'
When the Pope finally arrived in the stadium, the crowd roared and waved towels. Throughout Mass, the crowd would periodically erupt with praise, but in a controlled uproar.
Endy noted that the Pope enthusiastically returned the crowd's wave.
Seemann and Endy were in a box seat on the third base side of the stadium, six rows back from the field.
This provided them with an excellent view of the stage and altar. From this vantage, they could see that the Pope genuinely enjoyed the crowd's energy.
Endy noted how expressive the Pope's eyes were.
"You can tell from his eyes that he is sincere, caring, and holy," she observed. "He is a very Christ-like man. His eyes tell a story."
The feeling of peace and holiness that was present in Yankee stadium, continued with Endy.
"It was the best experience of my life," she said.
Seemann was fortunate to secure tickets for the event from Cardinal Justin Regali. She regularly meets and escorts the Cardinal through customs on his trips back from Rome. Seemann is the International customer service supervisor for US Airways at Philadelphia International Airport.
Mauye Seemann of Bally and her sister Lisa Endy of Birdsboro were among the select few who witnessed Pope Benedict XVI mass at Yankee Stadium in New York City on Sunday, April 20. Above, The pope during the mass.