El Camino: Santiago de Compostela Zero

Zero Day: Santiago de Compostela

Yesterday we arrived at Santiago de Compostela  however we arrived after the pilgrims mass had been conducted. Naturally then we decided to attend today, Sunday. 

We were warned to get there an hour early to be able to get into the church. That was no exaggeration. We arrived before 11 am to a line wrapping around the corner and down the street. 

Luckily we were able to actually get seats just in front of the altar. I can only tell you that there was some kind of divine intervention because I was shooed out of an aisle and Judy as well. However both of us were given seats by generous women who made room for us. 

The mass itself was exactly as masses go. It was multilingual and yet exactly as heard around the world. 

The homily however focused on the pilgrim.

Father reminded us that Saint James is here to receive us. He wants us to unpack our mochilas and leave all our burdens with him. Leaving our burdens behind makes room for Christ and his love for us. 

We cannot live a burdened life and live like Christ. 

The highlight for the pageantry of it, is the swinging of the botafumeiro.  I honored the request that no pictures be taken during mass but I found this recent you tube video. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6tubocIIycM&autoplay=1

Bottom line: We cannot live a burdened life and live like Christ. 

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Siempre pa’ adelante!

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About Caro

I am a social worker by training and a peace officer by profession having worked with California’s delinquent youth and young adults for 28 years. I firmly believe that our development as humans depends on our environment and that sometimes we get stuck. As such, I write about those things we sometimes ignore or fail to see until we are forced to pay attention.
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