- Camino(s) past & future
- First one next week, May 2019
Hi, I just completed my first Camino. I knew they were not having the usual Pilgrim's Mass with the botafumeiro in the Cathedral but after many, many years of waiting, I went anyway because the time was right. I gained so much on the journey itself but like everyone else I was disappointed that I could not experience the true Pilgrim's Mass & the swinging of the botafumeiro. Yes, like everyone else, I saw The Way and yes, it is a Hollywood movie which primarily focused on Tom, his son, Tom's journey & his companions on the Camino. They could only put so much in a 1 1/2 hour movie so please don't judge the movie too harshly! It's not a documentary! It's a movie with a good story about realizations & inner transformation not about blisters...! However, the Pilgrim's Mass with the swings of the botafumeiro is REAL not a Hollywood exaggeration or a fabrication! From what I see from the movie & videos, it seems to be a magnificent, powerful, beautiful, emotional... experience, that brings tears to one's eyes, a perfect ending to a long journey but, unfortunately, they are repairing the interior of the church and the Pilgrim's Mass is held elsewhere with no botafumeiro. I did have the wonderful experience of walking into the Praza do Obradoiro with other Pilgrims for the first time and seeing the Cathedral which was beyond words to describe! And, it didn't have a scaffolding on the outside either which I was so grateful for! They are working on the back side of the Cathedral. They are working on both the outside & the inside. Finally seeing the Cathedral for the first time brought strong emotions & tears to my eyes. I do feel somewhat cheated that I wasn't able to attend the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral with the botafumeiro! Michael Sheen said in an interview, "The botafumeiro, you know, the incense ceremony at the end of the Mass, brings out a deeply moving exaltation from the congregation. They burst into applause, and many of them burst into tears. And, you know, the incense is an offering to God, you know, but it’s also an ancient tradition and ritual, and we don’t have a whole lot of ritual in our lives. You know, we’ve lost more and more of ritual just within our own family structures—evening meals, evening, you know, family prayer. So, I think people are—they respond to ritual. It’s something that you can get reconnected with, in a way. You know, they’ve been doing that since the Middle Ages." Well said! Today, sadly, traditions are quickly disappearing! We, as a society have become very disconnected from long time traditions. People today just don't see their value. I love traditions! I want to take part in the long time tradition which millions of Pilgrims experienced since they started walking the Camino! I intend on walking another Camino in the near future but I will wait until they finish the Cathedral and the botafumeiro is swinging! I want that real experience! If you can wait, wait. If not, go but when you complete your Camino, I do believe you will come back for just that experience!