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Confessions during the Holy year 2021

Peter Ray

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino 2017
My wife and I are planning to cycle the Camino Frances from Leon in the Fall of 2021. We would like to go to confession at the Cathedral in Santiago when we complete our journey. Being the fact that it is a Holy Year I was wondering how the confessional set up might look like ? I suspect the logistics for priests and confessionals would be daunting in view of the thousands of pilgrims that will be participating during the Holy year. Has anyone had first hand experience in this matter during a Holy year ? Any advice or insights would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Isca-camigo

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Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
I literally arrived as midday mass was starting on the last Saturday in November in 2010, it think it was a 'puente weekend' so Santiago was packed as was the cathedral, we had to stand with the many other hundreds of people to the side and the back. The girl I was with at the end of the mass went to a box about 2 metres away and the priest took her confession, it was as simple as that. It may have changed,I hope not.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Things have moved on a bit, and the above is a link to the Anglican chaplaincy. I know there is a room upstairs in the pilgrim office building, where a couple of Irish Sisters offer a welcome, including a cup of Barry’s tea. There are other Assocviation welcome offices, and they will all have up to date information.
 

Peter Ray

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino 2017
I literally arrived as midday mass was starting on the last Saturday in November in 2010, it think it was a 'puente weekend' so Santiago was packed as was the cathedral, we had to stand with the many other hundreds of people to the side and the back. The girl I was with at the end of the mass went to a box about 2 metres away and the priest took her confession, it was as simple as that. It may have changed,I hope not.
Thank-you...
 

DLJ

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Camino(s) past & future
(4/2012) St.Jean to Santiago; (9/2013) Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay and beyond
My wife and I are planning to cycle the Camino Frances from Leon in the Fall of 2021. We would like to go to confession at the Cathedral in Santiago when we complete our journey. Being the fact that it is a Holy Year I was wondering how the confessional set up might look like ? I suspect the logistics for priests and confessionals would be daunting in view of the thousands of pilgrims that will be participating during the Holy year. Has anyone had first hand experience in this matter during a Holy year ? Any advice or insights would be appreciated. Thanks.
In light of the Pandemic, this Holy Year, will-likely have no resemblance to Holy Years past. Masks and safe distancing will most likely still apply as it does now in the Cathedral. There will not be as in the past thousands crowded together.
 

DLJ

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Camino(s) past & future
(4/2012) St.Jean to Santiago; (9/2013) Geneva to Le Puy-en-Velay and beyond
I suspect the Pandemic regulations will take precedence over Holy Year activities. Masks and safe distancing will still be required. Have you seen any of Ivar's tours of the Cathedral, it only seats about 75 people? I don't imagine there will be the usual thousands crowded together. Since opening the borders, Spain's covid19 rate has climbed above the original high. If you meet any Catholic priest anywhere, you can always ask him to hear your confession. Wear a mask.
 

Peter Ray

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino 2017
I suspect the Pandemic regulations will take precedence over Holy Year activities. Masks and safe distancing will still be required. Have you seen any of Ivar's tours of the Cathedral, it only seats about 75 people? I don't imagine there will be the usual thousands crowded together. Since opening the borders, Spain's covid19 rate has climbed above the original high. If you meet any Catholic priest anywhere, you can always ask him to hear your confession. Wear a mask.
Thanks...you are probably very correct... I guess, I was thinking in terms of a working vaccine that has brought about the world returning to a near normal state. Wishful thinking.
 

Scott Sweeney

Active Member
Or make confession at your home parish. I doubt you commit to many sins on your camino. Then you could still receive communion at mass in the Cathedral.
 


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