Today is the Feast of St. James, whose tomb in Galicia has drawn countless pilgrims to trek across Spain for 13 centuries. I walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2014, and this blog began with my dispatches along the way. It was, as every pilgrim will tell you, an indelible experience, and you can read about my own journey in the links below.
It took me 33 days, averaging 15 miles a day, but now you can do it in about 2 minutes.
For tomorrow’s segment of the virtual liturgy streaming on Sundays from our parish during lockdown, I combined images (in sequential order) from my Camino with a pre-COVID recording of the parish choir singing “Seek Ye First.” It seemed a fitting way to honor the saint on his feast day.
The pilgrimage begins with a rainy day in the French Pyrenees, and ends inside the Santiago cathedral with the spectacular censing at the daily “Pilgrims’ Mass.”
Blog posts from the Camino de Santiago
The First Day (April 8)
Pamplona (April 10)
Cherish Every Step (April 11)
Palm Sunday (April 13)
Semana Santa (April 14)
Small Steps (April 15)
Jesus’ Bakery (April 17)
Christ is Risen! (April 20)
Hospital for the Soul (April 24)
By the Numbers (April 25)
Walking (April 29)
The Third Phase (May 1)
A Mountain Day (May 2)
The Movement of Hearts and Souls (May 7)
Surrender (May 9)
Songs to Sing and Tales to Tell (May 10)
Arrival (May 11)
The End of the World (May 15)
Jim… I was in Santiago de Compostela on the Feast Day of St. James in 2018. Oh my… what a celebration. Only I hadn’t walked the Camino… but did feel the great joy of those who had. AND… I followed you regularly on your blog when you walked it… so have experienced it through your eyes. Many thanks.
Mary Jane — It must have been amazing to be there on the feast day. Having experienced that already, you can make your own Camino in the spring — cooler and less crowded! Thank you for reading my Camino dispatches, which I typed on my phone after lights out in the hostels.