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Evening Service for pilgrims in Santiago Cathedral


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Just back. I really valued the Pilgrims' Mass at noon in the Cathedral but it was packed with many, many tourists as well as pilgrims.

Now from 9 - 10pm each evening in the Cathedral there is a service purely for pilgrims in one of the side chapels. It was a time to reflect, listen to some spiritual music and hear other pirgrims' experiences and the anticipation and rewards of the Camino.

After some readings the service finishes with a visit to the Tomb of St James for private prayer and a blessing from the priest leading the service
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Thanks for the information, John. It's a lovely idea, that service, and we'll be sure to take it in when we arrive in Santiago.
Thank you for the information on the evening mass, we were not impressed with the throng of tourists at the midday mass who outnumbered the pilgrims and those who came to attend mass.

For those who wants to have a time to reflect and give thanks for all the good things in life then the evening mass is a must. I hope they will keep the gate open to embrace St James at the back of the altar in the evening, we found that the gate was closed after the mass. Also there was a priest supervising the people filing past, perhaps the lighting could be improved, also a smile from the priest would not go amiss.

Your input into this forum makes very good reading and look forward to more postings from you.

John Hussey

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Pilgrims Mass in mid-November

I guess there is a big difference in the participation of the Pilgrim's mass from mid August to mid-November, when I was there. At that time we were few, but we mostly all knew one another, as we had met each other off and on along the Way for the past month or so. Mt photos show maybe 20 pilgrims, and we all sat in the first few rows and sat our packs against the rail of the very first row. It made a nice photo. It was a very small and quite emotional mass where each of the countries was read aloud of the pilgrims who arrived that day. I was the only one from mine and just remembering the event still brings a misty eye and lump of joy to my throat.


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