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Attending Mass

Camino(s) past & future
2017
#1
When I walked the Camino in 2017, I always seemed to miss the Sunday Masses. I was expecting them to be in the morning as it is in the U.S. I remember a few times other pilgrims saying they attended Mass "last evening" which would have been Sunday evening. Does anyone know if that's the norm?
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#3
In many Catholic churches, a Saturday evening Mass is celebrated. This Mass is the first Mass of Sunday, and counts for that obligation.

Sometimes it is as early as 4:00 pm. In my Camino experience these Masses seem to be at about 7:00 - 8:00 pm for the most part. They are called Vigil Masses, as they are celebrated on the vigil of the Sunday (or holiday).

In most small Camino towns and villages, you need to check the church for posted Mass times.
Do not assume that all churches are operational. There is a serious shortage of Catholic priests in Spain.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#4
Always ask hospitaleros in albergues about Mass times. They'll usually know.

I found mass times were usually late afternoon early evenings.

Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Various (‘12, ‘13, ‘15, ‘16, ‘18)
#5
I have discovered if you walk in early and quietly look at the altar, the windows or saint statues you are often asked to remain after Mass for a Pilgroms Blessing.
 
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#6
Here is a google map that has mass times across the camino.

I had a hard time finding mass over Easter week, as I suspect everyone in villages had driven to a big city for the processions. So on Good Friday my son and I decided to say a "Glory Be" every time we saw a cross.

You know, there are A LOT of crosses in Spain. Our Glory Be prayers became very meditative as the day went on.


https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=41.63708772081917,-4.449462734375061&spn=9.453676,14.128418&msa=0&mid=1Ri9eQL2rE26aoP3mQkZYbHWzBC4&z=7

There is also an ap called "mass times" that you can down load. :)
 
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Camino(s) past & future
2017
#8
Thanks, everyone - all good info. I'm planning to walk again in 2019 (God willing) and I'd like to be able to attend Mass much more often.
 

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