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And They're Off ...

... to Italy.  The Class of 2011 left Saint David's this afternoon for Roma.  The boys were in high spirits, a little nervous and anxious, but excited.  The teachers' faces too, reflected the anticipatory angst of the boys.  The weather is perfect for flight and it looks like the weatherman is promising fine conditions throughout the trip.  Florence will be a little cooler than Rome, but all sunny.

Boys and faculty gathered together in the Smith Room.  With bowed heads, I shared a prayer before departure. I call it The Saint David's Travel Prayer It's a modified version of the Prayer to St. Christopher:

Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by.  Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company, from the dangers of travel and all calamity. Teach me, to not miss, through love of undue speed, the beauty of the world; that thus I may, with joy and courtesy, go on my way.  St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me and lead me safely to my destiny.  Amen.

At the time of this writing all the boys had checked in and were moving through security to the gate.

Buon viaggio a tutti.

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