Celebration Part III: Presenting The Trophy At La Almudena Cathedral

14 May

The boys hopped back on the Evil Bunny Bus for one more stop: La Almudena Cathedral to present the trophy to the Virgin of La Almudena, a patron of the city. Happy fans greeted their champions.

From RealMadrid.com

Finally, Real Madrid took the league trophy to La Almudena Cathedral, where they were received by Cardinal Rouco Varela, who said: “On this day, you offer to the Virgin a league title Real Madrid deservedly won. We’re here to observe a religious tradition that takes place due to the fervour there is for the Virgin.”

“Real Madrid again observes this tradition,” said President Perez, “We celebrate our 110th anniversary with a league title that may have been the toughest to win yet. Football can bring out the best in people, such as unbreakable faith and the will to never give up, and it can also be an instrument with which to boost solidarity.”

Captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos deposited a bouquet of flowers at the Virgin’s feet. The entire squad followed to offer the title at the altar and received a religious gift from the Cardinal. The act ended with a group photo presided by the Virgin of La Almudena, patron of the city.

I’m really surprised that Mou didn’t wear a tie! Especially to church. ::shrugs:: but he’s Mou and he’ll do what he wants.

And just because, here’s some additional footage of last night’s celebration. Enjoy!

– Lozil

12 Responses to “Celebration Part III: Presenting The Trophy At La Almudena Cathedral”

  1. Akemi May 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    I spot the 3 coinciding canteranos sitting together!
    Oh and I wonder how the non-Catholics must have felt inside the church…

    • M May 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Oh and I wonder how the non-Catholics must have felt inside the church… – awkward or really out of place perhaps. :\

    • Melissa (@BombayTalkies) May 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      I was just thinking the same…our squad has a lot of non-christians on it. They must have been sitting in the back thinking “smile and nod, smile and nod.” At least that’s what I do when I’m asked to participate in anything religious–I just look around and go “look at all the pretty art. I wonder what’s for lunch…” 😉

    • black widow May 15, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      i would imagine and hope and expect that, catholic or not, when you’re in a place of worship for any religion — especially if it’s part of your “job” and the eyes of the world are on you — you would outwardly behave appropriately and respect your environment. according to wikipedia (so, take it with a grain of salt), catholicism is by far the largest religion in spain (70%), so, if you’re playing in a catholic country, i imagine you would try to respect their traditions in a one-off situation like this.

      i am catholic, but i’ve been to mosques and temples and protestant churches and while i may not subscribe to the sentiment and doctrine, i appreciate and respect each place as something reverent and even educational for me, as i’m being exposed to something i ordinarily wouldn’t be. i may not know what to do during a jewish wedding or a protestant funeral and feel a bit awkward, but i can still appreciate and respect the ceremony and place of worship for what it is, and i would hope the non-catholic players would, too.

      all that said, if i were in a church with iker casillas, i would bribe every priest within earshot to marry us! 😀

      • Melissa (@BombayTalkies) May 15, 2012 at 7:57 am #

        Well of course you’d behave appropriately no matter where you are when you’re representing a club or business–but that doesn’t mean you have to revere it or believe in it. You can just sort of sit there and pretend to pay attention until it’s all over. I personally refuse to participate in religious rituals or celebrations of any sort so I simply politely decline invitations to anything that might involve one. Obviously our boys don’t have the freedom to do so.

        I *am* curious (though I’m sure I’ll never know) about the thoughts of our Muslim players–especially the ones who are very religious–when it comes to the catholic setting they find themselves in. At least it wasn’t Mass or anything where they’d actually have to participate–I actually would have found that to be quite insensitive. But that’s just me.

        • M May 15, 2012 at 9:04 am #

          I agree with you. I personally think that it’s pretty insensitive to expect your non Catholic players to come to church. It’s not right. At least, that’s how I see it.

    • Akemi May 15, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Just so you know guys, I’m Catholic too and I’ve been in other places of worship. Clearly, all of them are respectful of the religion (at least, based on the photos) but we never know what’s going through their mind. It might range from “wow, this is a church?” (most probably for first timers) or some monologue about metaphysics in their mind (a discussion worthy of Pirata).

      • Melissa (@BombayTalkies) May 15, 2012 at 11:05 am #

        If I were forced to be there I’d make sure I was sitting behind Pipita so I could appropriately worship…er…gaze upon his ass. 😉

  2. Anna May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    8th picture down, arbeloa and albiol, speaking!! pipa doesn’t look happy!

    • headbandsandheartbreak May 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Ooooh! Excellent eye! They’re sitting next to each other and smiling! That must be what Adan is whispering to Calleti about in picture 10! 😉

  3. Laurean May 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Ok, two things that I know for fact; first, if I was in a church with those hot men in suits, one confession will never be enough to cleanse me of my thoughts, and secondly, hearing Sergio’s kiss through the microphone just…ugh…left me tingling **blushes**

  4. jellyace May 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I want my virginity back so I can be “The Virgin” to whom all these suited men present flowers and their trophy of war! 😉

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