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Botafumeiro won't swing at every mass


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The Church says that it is "not a show" and refuses to put it to work at every Mass. However, on payment of €300, any individual or group can book a ceremony with the incense burner.

Although botafumeiro is one of the main attractions of the Cathedral, the City Council refuses to reify , and struggles to maintain their religious meaning.
"It's not a show. It is part of the Mass", indicated the Office of the Pilgrim. FThe fight of the censer has brought more than a headache to the church of Compostela. Three years ago, some travel agents were paid a bonus by their customers to incorporating the circuit botafumeiro. Since then it has to veto such a move and it is very difficult, if not impossible that a tourist who arrives in the city can know in advance the schedule of the popular brazier. "There is no way of knowing. It is a decision of the Council"
Whoever does not have the good fortune when entering the basilica of witnessing the acrobatics of the censer from one end to the other of the nave, can always choose to pay. With prior booking and the payment of 300 euros, tiraboleiros appear at their posts to lift the huge incense burner. Coinciding with the Holy Year, calls have soared, especially when access to the temple a mass pilgrimage.

The long queues that are taking place in the last month, however, questioned this system. There are many visitors who, after enduring a tedious wait for hours, come back home without seeing the botafumeiro. Although the schedules are not public, usually it works at the ceremony at 12 o'clock, but not everyone manages to enter. Since the establishment of the capacity control, transfer Praterías or Holy Door has become a genuine odyssey. Certainly the pilgrims with compostela in their possession have priority to access by Acibechería.
On peak days six Pilgrim Masses are celebrated. The council ruled afford the censer in all and each of the sermons organized for the traveler. "You can not deprive anyone ... but do not share the idea of putting botafumeiro at every Mass," he adds
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