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Easter in Santiago

kelleymac

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Good morning,

My sons and I will be walking the 100 miles we haven't walked yet (Burgos to Leon), beginning April 11th. My younger son would like to take transit from Leon to Santiago de Compostela to be there for Easter. Will the cathedral be closed? Is there an Easter Vigil Mass in Santiago? Should we just stay in Leon? We'll need to get back up to England on easter or the day after.

thanks

kate
 

Jan_D

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Good morning,

My sons and I will be walking the 100 miles we haven't walked yet (Burgos to Leon), beginning April 11th. My younger son would like to take transit from Leon to Santiago de Compostela to be there for Easter. Will the cathedral be closed? Is there an Easter Vigil Mass in Santiago? Should we just stay in Leon? We'll need to get back up to England on easter or the day after.

thanks

kate
Hmmm. Are you aware that it's a 6-hour bus journey from Leon to Santiago?

And how were you planning on getting back to the UK? There's only one flight from SdC-London on Easter Sunday at 13:00, but given you'd probably be making your way to the airport from around 10am, that doesn't leave much time for anything else! 🤔
 

Lucyk

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Camino Primitivo 2015
Good morning,

My sons and I will be walking the 100 miles we haven't walked yet (Burgos to Leon), beginning April 11th. My younger son would like to take transit from Leon to Santiago de Compostela to be there for Easter. Will the cathedral be closed? Is there an Easter Vigil Mass in Santiago? Should we just stay in Leon? We'll need to get back up to England on easter or the day after.

thanks

kate
Yes, the cathedral is going to be closed. I would not bother. Leon cathedral is gorgeous.
 

kelleymac

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Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
Hmmm. Are you aware that it's a 6-hour bus journey from Leon to Santiago?

And how were you planning on getting back to the UK? There's only one flight from SdC-London on Easter Sunday at 13:00, but given you'd probably be making your way to the airport from around 10am, that doesn't leave much time for anything else! 🤔
Yes. Exactly, 6 hours to get there. :( We usually attend Easter Vigil at our home parish, which lasts late into the night. --I was thinking we'd walk for a 7-8 days (we usually walk between 20 and 25 miles/day on flattish terrain), and then take a bus (or rent a car.. as there are three of us...). But I'm it's really not the same as walking and will be an interruption and added stress. My younger son and I walked from Leon to Santiago in early spring of 2015 and arrived Easter monday. I think he wants to be in Santiago for Easter as we missed it by one just one day. We returned in 2016 to walk from SJPP, but had to stop at Burgos because of illness. So he's focused on filling in the gaps I think. He also wants to have dinner at a hotel in Leon, where we had planned to eat, but then the restaurant was filled. -- Me, I just want to walk in faith. I was hoping he's shift to walking from Porto, but he's focused on Frances, so it's the Meseta for us.
 

t2andreo

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Normally, the Cathedral at Santiago is open every day of the year. However, just now, it is essentially closed for all liturgical services due to renovation work that got in the way of holding services there. You can still get in to venerate the relics, but all Masses and confessions are moved, for the duration of the renovation work.

So, all Masses, including Pilgrim Masses have been moved to other nearby churches for the time being. The daily, noon Pilgrim Masses, and all important celebrations of the Mass (Feast Days, Holy Days, and Holidays like Easter) have been moved to the basilica of San Francis until the renovations are completed.

That is the very large church of Saint Francis located at the end of Rua de San Francisco. As you look at the Western Facade of the Cathedral, proceed down the street to the left of the Cathedral. Rua de San Francisco is to the right side of the Parador. You will see the huge statue of Saint Francis at the end of the street. The Basilica is behind the statute... can't miss it.

Also, the daily 11:00 non-Pilgrim's Mass is in the Parroquia de la Corticela. That is the ancient church in the northeast corner of the Cathedral, adjacent to the north transept exit to Plaza Inmaculada. If you have been there you might have noticed the church at the end of the corridor in this corner. That is the original church, built before the Cathedral was built around it.

Here is a link to the chart produced by the Cathedral to explain these changes. It is in Spanish. But you can easily figure it out.


Also, for those interested in the daily Mass in English, here is a notice from Fr. Manny. Essentially the daily Mass is at 09:30 in the Pilgrim Office chapel, at Rua das Carretas 33:

(See attached .pdf file)

Hope this helps.
 

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