2012 Oraí§íµes a Sí£o José/ St. Joseph’s prayers

By Keith Parkins

The party was held at a medieval Venetian Castle some half an hour drive outside of Bassano del Grappa.

On arrival, after passing through a road block checking for unwanted gatecrashers, we were met on arrival by Venetian soldiers holding flaming torches.

Some sort of pageant was taking place. Food and drink was served outside, though it was a cold night.

We were then ushered indoors where a guitar of Rudolf Schenker (lead guitarist and founder of German rock group Scorpions) was being painted by Christina.

Then we were ushered upstairs, where tables were laid for dinner.

Paulo Coelho explained why he celebrates St Joseph’s Day with his friends. He said this was a very special party as it was a Silver Anniversary, ie 25 years. It was also a Silver Anniversary of the publication of The Pilgrimage.

As always, the dinner started with prayers. First Paulo in Portuguese, then many languages, including German (The Abbot of Melk Abbey) and Japanese (Yumi Crane).

Yumi Crane spoke of the Tsunami. It was one year, one week, one day. It was very moving. She was in tears. Mio, with who I was holding hands, was in tears. I was in tears.

There were many courses, several were on the table when we sat down. I had no idea what most of them were. There was long gaps of half an hour between courses, which gave people plenty of time to wander around and chat to people at other tables, exchange gifts.

Ken Crane was called. Where was Ken when needed? As a special gift Ken had brought five pairs of boxer shorts with his graphics and quotes from Paulo Coelho. Paulo handed these out to named individuals.

A few minutes before midnight Paulo Coelho announced eating was over, it was time to go downstairs and dance.

A firework display!

In the early hours of the morning we were treated to Rudolf Schenker and Paulo Coelho (on guitar and vocals) performing Rock Like a Hurricane, Time, and maybe a couple of other numbers. It was unbelievable. I do not think the group who were playing could believe their luck playing with Rudolf Schenker and Paulo Coelho. For Time they were joined on vocals by Rudolf Schenker’s girlfriend Tanya.

Sometime in the early hours, Christina and I were dancing centre stage.

Then book signing.

On the edge of the light I noticed armed guards!

All good parties eventually have to come to an end.

We finally got back to our hotel at 3-30am in the early hours of the morning!

Many thanks to Paulo for the invite and putting on such a great party and to Montegrappa for generously hosting the party and for providing the transport there and back.

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    1. Marie-Christine says:

      Beautiful. Thank you.

  1. Sharon says:

    Muchas gracias, como siempre dijiste justo lo que necesitaba escuchar!

  2. Keith says:

    There cannot be many parties that start with prayers. There cannot be many parties that start with prayers in Portuguese, then in many, many languages.

    Exactly one week ago today it was St Joseph’s Day. I was at a party in a Venetian medieval castle, guest of Paulo Coelho.

    It was exactly one year, one week, one day to the devastating tsunami that hit Japan.

    Very moving prayer from Yumi. She was in tears. I was holding hands with Mio. Mio was in tears. I was in tears.

    Even now, watching one week later, I am in tears.


  3. varah says:

    so very touching… a reunion of the most beautiful souls all over the world…

  4. Francesca Abate says:

    Dear Paulo and dear all,
    it was a special occasion for me to be there as I was one of the lucky readers chosen among 1 thousand… and I enjoyed every single moment, every single smile I received and every… course! :) Everything was amazing and I liked the atmosphere of friendship that there was there. I felt really blessed to be able to be there and would like to thank you Paulo from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity. It was a great honour to have met him and also to have got to know some of you. There were all beautiful souls there! We are all one and our light is shining brighter when we celebrate life.

    Love and blessings to you all!
    Francesca Abate

  5. Leandro says:

    Gostei de ter orado junto com vocíª : )
    Faí§a mais vezes, poste mais ví­deos assim, garanto que existe muita gente por ai que ní£o reza í  um bom tempo . Isso pode incentivar .

  6. Adriana says:

    I imagine the party was full of magic.I am happy for the ones who could make it. I dreamt of being at the castle and I am so glad for having been able to read the comments here.
    May you all be blessed.

  7. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    Merci de partager ainsi votre joie et vos émotions avec nous, Cher Paulo. Merci aussi í  tous vos amis, qui ont illustré leur voyage et laissé éclater leur bonheur sur leur page facebook, ce qui nous a donné la sensation de visiter également ce magnifique lieu historique avec vous. C’est l’émotion de Yumi évoquant le tsunami de 2011 qui m’a tout particluièrement touchée, bien sí»r. La communion de toutes ces prières, prononcées dans toutes les langues, et qui s’envolent vers le ciel, nous porte avec vous, dans un échange de reconnaissance et d’espoir. Merci encore í  vous et í  tous vos amis.
    M Christine G.
    And thank you for sharing your joy and emotions with us, Dear Paulo. And thank you to all your friends, who have shown their journey and have exploded in happiness on their facebook page, which gave us the feeling of visiting this magnificent historic site also with you. It is the emotion of Yumi evoking the tsunami of 2011 which I was particularly affected, of course. The communion of all those prayers, uttered in all languages”‹”‹, and fly to the sky, brings us with you, in exchange for recognition and hope. Thank you again to you and all your friends.
    M Christine G.

    1. Ken Crane says:

      Thank you Marie-Chritine

  8. Sheela Nandini says:

    Thanks dear Keith, Paulo ,for sharing the videos and pics! The Alchemist Pen looks grand!!! Arto ,so good to see you :) And Yumi, Mio (loved reading her story) Priya, everybody there.Beautiful people,ALL.

    Dear Ken, thanks for letting us know-I was wondering why I hadn’t heard from you.Congratulations on the underwear collaboration! Liked what you said about pieces of a puzzle falling into place-a coming together, a union.Of hearts.

    I was awake at that time although I thought I’d be fast asleep by then. Was singing my favourite Krsna bhajan of Pandit Jasraj ji.Like a prayer.


  9. barbara says:

    And I heard it in polish too! Love is all around:)
    God bless you all

  10. cristina cabral says:

    Emocionante, escutar a oraí§í£o em muitas linguas.
    Viva S José!

  11. Olta Canka says:

    Everybody and all looks so beautiful!
    Viva San Jose! :)


  12. Ken Crane says:

    To the people whom I met at Paulo’s party:
    It was my great pleasure meeting & spending time with you.
    Since my computer is broken, I am not able to respond to all of the posts you are making( I am using Yumi’s PC until I get my new PC). Thank you for posting pictures on your walls.
    We are the pieces of a great puzzle, and that was the party which brought all of the pieces into one.
    Children and other animals knows about it, but we adults seldom recognize about it.
    (I don’t either)
    Party is to celebrate life itself.
    There are no other reason.
    We are sent to this earth to celebrate life, and to say hello to each other for our reunion. Reunion is almost the same meaning as religion.
    Thanks Paulo for setting this reunion.
    And thanks to everyone of you for sharing this reunion.

    1. Francesca says:

      Thank you for being the beautiful person that you are. These words are so moving… Thank you. It was an honour to meet you and your wife and hope you enjoyed Venice. :-) My husband and me did. Love and light, Francesca (the girl from your same hotel)

  13. Heart says:

    Tusen takk. Smiler. Hellige Josef, Be for oss..alltid.. Det var Du som bragte meg til Paulo Coelho, i en visjon, på vei til en Indianer landsby for 3-4 år siden..

  14. Priya Sher says:

    Dearest Paulo & Christina,

    My sisters and I had such a magical time in the Castle for the St Joseph’s Prayers & party – thank you for the one hundred course menu! it was fantastic we ate so much! Everything was perfect from the idyllic location to the beautiful people invited.

    Thank you!

    My prayer:
    Ek Onkar is the beginning of the Sikh Mool mantra, and the first phrase in the Sikh Holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib:

    “There is but one God. Truth by name, the creator, all-pervading spirit, without fear, without enmity. Whose existence is unaffected by time, who does not take birth, self-existent, who is to be realised through his/her grace.’

    BTW the prayer is in Punjabi not Bengali!


    Priya xxx

    1. Ken Crane says:

      Dear Priya,

      Beautiful prayer.

      My cat’s name happened to be ‘Punjabi’.
      Seems like there are many connection with your country.
      I’ve met Yumi at an Indian restaurant.


    2. Well says:

      thank you for this one. it is love-based.

  15. toñi says:

    Muy bonito video Paulo. Gracias por compartirlo con nosotros. Debe ser maravilloso estar en un castillo medieval.
    Yo tengo el sueño de ir algún dí­a al castillo de Bracciano, también en Italia, en Florencia, es el castillo de mis sueños. Algún dí­a cumpliré mi sueño.
    Un fuerte abrazo a todos y que pasen un feliz fin de semana.
    Saludos desde España.

  16. Gracias por este video maravilloso porque aunque estuve allí­ no pude verlo, ha sido magní­fico y ver a Gabriel haciendo la oración en español y tan mayor no tiene precio, emocionante con la oración en Japonés hecha por Yumi, Dios bendiga a Japón y que no vuelva a pasar otro Shutnami que tenga a Bien amar a estas criaturas que tienen ese don tan particular de hacer las cosas bellas.
    Paulo como siempre arropado por tus amigos y en el medio de la marea de personas importantes allí­ estabamos la gente común para acompañarle, admirarle por su buen hacer, por su comunicación a varios niveles.
    Ha sido maravilloso, un año más comienza la Primavera con una oración, con una canción y un baile. VIVA SAN JOSÉ mi patrón, mi parroquia. VIVA PAULO

  17. Arto Hutto says:

    The Swedish prayer:

    Helige Josef,
    kom oss till hjälp med din mäktiga förbön,
    du den Helige Familjens säkra skydd och trogna stöd.
    Vaka över oss, Jesus Kristi utvalda släkte och folk.
    Liksom du en gång räddade Jesusbarnet ur livsfara,
    så försvara nu oss,
    våra familjer
    och Guds Heliga Kyrka
    mot alla fienders angrepp och försåt.


    In English:

    Holy Joseph,
    come to our aid by your mighty prayer,
    you the Holy Family’s protection and faithful support.
    Watch over us, Jesus Christ’s chosen people.
    As you once saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger,
    so now defend us,
    our families
    and God’s Holy Church
    against all enemies attack and ambush.


    Link to St Josephs church in my hometown where I found the prayer (http://www.varfru.org/a2_historia_koping.html)

    Paulo Coelho in Swedish: http://www.facebook.com/PauloCoelhoSverige

    Thank you for a wonderful party.

  18. Marie-Christine says:

    Prieres de Saint Joseph 2012.
    Castello de Marestica Italie
    Paulo explique :
    Pourquoi St Joseph?
    Saint Joseph est le nom de mon Saint Patron Joseph.
    L’Hopital ou je suis ne s;appelait l’Hopital de Saint Joseph.
    Ma mere avait promis que si je survivais elle prierait toujours pour St Joseph.
    Il est evident qu’apres ma survie -comme toutes les promesses- , on les oublient tout de suite.
    Elle n’a pas tenue sa promesse.
    J’ai honore cette promesse et j’ai commence une tradition.
    Vous devez croire au pouvoir de la foi.
    Je vais commencer la priere d’abord puis vous repeterez apres moi.

    I liked all the prayers in the 15 languages that were represented Paulo in Portuguese, Monty Montenegro, Chrissa Greece, Gabriel Spain, Oyvind Norway, Yumy Japan, Nathalie France, Shelby United States, Arto,Sweden, Juanita Basque Country, Marisya Poland, Ioama Romania, Prya Bengal, Abbot Buckhard Germany, Giusseppe Italy.
    I also was very moved by Yumi’s prayer in Japanese and little Gabriel in Spanish .
    I am grateful for the invitation and such an opportunity for a wonderful day and evening.

    With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,

  19. Marie-Christine says:

    En francais

    La fete s’est deroulee dans un chateau medieval venitien., a environ une demie heure de Bassano del Grappa.

    A l’arrivee, apres avoir passe un barrage sur la route , pour eviter les resquilleurs, nous avons ete acceuilli a l’arrivee par des soldats venitiens tenant des torches enflammees.

    On nous a fait entrer a l’interieur, ou une guitarre de Rudolph Schenker (le principal guitarriste et fondateur du groupe de rock ‘Scorpions’ etait peinte par Christina.,

    Puis on nous a dirige vers la salle a manger ou les tables etaient preparees pour le diner.

    Paulo Coelho a explique la raison pour laquelle il celebre la fete de Saint Joseph avec ses amis.

    Il a dit que c’etait une fete speciale car c’etait le 25eme anniversaire de ‘l’Alchimiste’ . C’etait egalement le 25eme anniversaire d’argent de la publication ‘Le Pelerin de Compostelle.’

    Comme de coutume. le diner a commence par des prieres. D’abord, Paulo en Portuguais suivi par de nombreuses langues y compris l’allemand (l’Abbe Buckard de l’Abbaye de Melk ) et en Japonais (Yumi Crane).

    Yumi Crane a parle du Tsunami. Cela faisait un an, une semaine et un jour. C’etait tres emouvant,. Elle pleurait. Mio dont je tenais la main, pleurait egalement. Je pleurais aussi,

    Beaucoup de plats etaient poses sur la table lorsque nous nous sommes assis. Je n’avais aucune idee de ce que c’etait.

    Il y avait des grands moments d’intervalles entre les plats – environ demie heure – ce qui a donne l’occasion aux gens de se deplacer pour parler qux personnes qui etaient assises aux autres tables et pour echanger des cadeaux.

    On fit appel a Ken Crane. Ou etait Ken lorsqu’on en avait besoin? Comme special cadeau, Ken avait apporte 5 paires de calecons avec ses illustrations et les citations de Paulo Coelho. Paulo les a offert a des personnes en particulier.

    Peu de temps avant minuit, Paulo Coelho a annonce que le repas etait termine ,. Maintenant etait le moment d’aller danser.

    Nous avons eu droit a un feu d’artifice.

    Tot le matin, nous avons ete gate avec Rudoph Schenker et Paulo Coelho (a la guitarre et chant) jouant ‘Rock like a hurricane’ suivi par deux autres morceaux. C’etait extraordinaire. Je pense que le groupe qui jouait n;’en croyait pas leurs yeux de jouer avec Rudolph Shencker et Paulo Coelho. Pendant un moment ils ont ete joints par l’amie de Rudolph Schenker, Tanya.

    Plus tard, Christina et moi avons dance sur la piece centrale.

    Puis ce fut le tour de signer les autographes.

    Discretement,. j’ai remarque des gardes armes.

    Tous les bons moments, eventuellement ont une fin.

    Nous sommes rentres a l’Hotel tot le matin a 3h.30.

    Tous mes remerciements a Paulo pour l’invitation et pour avoir organiser une si belle fete et a Montegrappa pour animer la Fete et fournir le moyen de transport a notre disposition.

  20. Yan says:

    Dear Paulo,
    It’s so great just to watch this! I am sure you have united more nationalities as any politicians in the world could do. May God bless you all.



    1. Yan says:

      And I wish one day, I could join you all and say the prayer in Chinese. :-)

  21. Kealan says:

    I stuffed myself silly with food and Coca Cola. It was great. Kinda felt guilty afterwards for wanting my book signed because Paulo was so busy, but I did order him an espresso..! Loved meeting everyone and missed the dears who were unable to make it.

    1. Ken Crane says:

      you seemed to be very busy at the Monte Grappa & the party.
      Well done!!
      It was a pity that I wasn’t able to talk to you and your mother during the party.
      See you soon again!

    2. Heart says:

      Thanks Kealan! I love the photos of you and Paulo and the one of you and Patricia. It’s wonderful to get to share so much of the party by seeing the pictures and video recordings. You are a very lucky man to be so close to Paulo and Christina and WOLs. Viva WOLs!

    3. Adriana says:

      Thank you for remembering us Kealan, it is so sweet of you.

  22. joelle says:

    Un bon moment passé pour chacun des acteurs de la fíªte . L’histoire aura été vécue différemment , chaque personne est un morceau du puzzle dans cette journée passée ensemble . De la musique , du mouvement des conversations ,un bon repas ,tout ce qui rend la vie agréable . Des instants rajoutés l’un au bout de l’autre pour passer de merveilleux instants en compagnie d’amis qui partagent les míªmes passions .

  23. Guilherme says:

    Queria ter ido, mas ní£o fui convidado :/

  24. Ana Paula Scolari says:

    Que momento bonito e emocionante! Obrigada, Paulo, por compartilhar conosco! Também tenho Sí£o José como meu patrono espiritual. Eu fui batizada na basí­lica de Sí£o José em Barbacena-MG e a minha mí£e assim o consagrou. Abraí§o!

  25. Heimo Kruschinski says:


    I wish you all a wonderful day

  26. Annie says:

    So beautiful to watch this!
    thank you dearest Paulo!
    how wonder-ful you all are <3

    Love and Gratitude