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Bridget and Peter

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I've just been looking at Gareth's blog, and seen Johnnie Walker's comment and suggestion re a project to encourage monasteries / parishes to embrace pilgrims: see https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogI ... 1660610245

That made me think of the Mystery Worshipper on Ship of Fools - and going there to remind myself about it, guess what I found - a Mystery Worshipper who has been carrying out his/her secret and critical business on the Camino!! :!:

(For those who don't know, the Mystery Worshipper visits churches in the disguise of an ordinary visiting worshipper, as if they were Michelin inspectors and the church is an aspiring gourmet restaurant, leaving behind, I believe, if they've got the chutzpah, a note in the collection plate/bag, saying something like 'you've been visited by the Mystery Worshipper!', and posting a report on the ship of fools website): see
http://ship.saintsimeon.co.uk/Mystery/index.html

I think we might need to find a kinder way of carrying out this project if the aim is to encourage a mutually beneficial and satisfying relationship between monastic hosts and pilgrims - but its a model to consider as a starting place.

What do people think? :?:

Bridget
 
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Bridget and Peter

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Year of past OR future Camino
Home to Reims 2007
Reims to Limoges 2008
Camino Ingles 2009
Limoges to Gernica 2009
Gernica to San Vicente de la Barquera 2010
San Vicente to La Isla 2012
La Isla to Santiago Sept/Oct 2014
I've now taken the time to read Augustine the Aleut's beautiful and moving reports on the services he attended in Spain last Autumn, ending with mass in Santiago on an early weekday morning which almost brought tears to my eyes. Wow! Thank you, Augustine the Aleut, if you ever look at these pages.
I will be making more effort to attend services on my camino now.

I recommend these to everyone. Here's the link again http://ship.saintsimeon.co.uk/Mystery/camino/index.html

actually its a different one - I've just found that he did the Camino Frances in 2002 so I've got more to read.

Love
Bridget
 

JohnnieWalker

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I'd also recommend the special evening service for Pilgrims Only at 9pm in the Cathedral.

Given the number of tourists who crowd into the PIlgrims Mass the Cathedral authorities are very specific that this Evening Service is for pilgrims who have travelled on foot, horseback or by bicycle.

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