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Pilgrim's Masses

Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Does anyone have information on which villages/churches hold Pilgrim's Masses along the Frances?

I know there was a lovely Mass at SJPP and another at Viana, but those were the only two we attended.
 

crackmrmac

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There's one in Roncesvalles with a pilgrim blessing. I think it's at 8pm. All pilgrims are invited to the front for final blessing.
I was at an early morning mass/service in Sahagun, 8:30am; but it wasn't specifically a pilgrim service. It was in "same complex" as Hospedería Madres Benedictinas Convento de Santa Cruz.
There's a special pilgrim benediction / service in Santa María de Carbajalas each evening.Get back to the albergue by 9:30pm and go with hospitaleros.
I'll be interested to see other responses.
Buen Camino

Edit: Santa María de Carbajalas.......that's in León.
 
I believe there is also one in Logrono. If the church still has its (very) small albergue, the priest holds a special "pilgrims only" service, sneaking you in after hours via the tunnel.

Kelly
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
This handy site (http://www.archicompostela.org/Peregrinos/Inglés/Atencionperegrino.htm) will give you Mass times in the various dioceses & pueblos along the route. Often hospitaleros or the turismo will not know, and it`s often easier to confirm the times with the volunteers who are often found cleaning the church, or acting as guides.
 
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Almost every church has a daily mass, but a specific "Pilgrim Mass" is less frequent. I went to about a dozen along the way that were billed as a Pilgrim Mass at the tourist office or albergue. About half included a language besides Spanish. Seven or eight o'clock in the evening were the most common times. As advised above, check locally.
 

Simsonite

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In Los Arcos you get a benediction after the mass, the priest will welcome you in your mother tongue and you will get a nice prayer card in your language
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
At most daily Masses along the Camino, whether officially for pilgrims or not (and the pilgrim Mass-going population can be limited at some spots), the priests seem able to sniff out the peregrino/a and get them to come up for a blessing.
 

Trudy

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Camino(s) past & future
(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
In addition to Santiago, I remember attending pilgrim masses in Roncesvalles, Los Arcos, Viana, Carrion de los Condes, and Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and a blessing after Vespers(?) at the convent albergue in Leon. There may have been more but I can't remember offhand.

The most memorable for me was in Carrion where, following Mass, the priest took pilgrims into the Sacristy for a special service/blessing. It lasted more than 1/2 hour with groups of pilgrims saying prayers in their own language. It was the most emotional and inclusive blessing that I remember.
 

Janeh

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try and go to the pilgrim mass in Belorado - the priest there will pull out pilgrims to stand beside him and repeat what he says in their language - the night I was there we had a French, German, English and dutch pilgrims up at the altar with the priest. He was very loving and kind too.
the same for the priest in Villafranca - he also will find a pilgrim to stand beside him and translate the reading. He has some wonderful sayings written on what appears like scrap paper on the walls of the little church too.
After you have unpacked and showered for the day, go for a walk to the local church and you will find the pilgrim mass listed on the notices outside.
cheers, Jane
 

ajp

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Camino(s) past & future
Sept-October (2009), Sept-Oct (2013)
This may sound like a stupid question but is there any problem with a Protestant attending these masses. I am a Lutheran and I suspect Lutheran churches are a little thin in Spain.

AJP
Victoria
 

Deirdre

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2007), Camino Francés (2008), Camino Portugués (2010), Camino Aragonés - from Lourdes (2012)
I was pressed into service in Viana when the priest realized at dinner that I was conversing in both English and Spanish... he asked me if I would read a little something - no problem! But then he began ad-libbing and had me silumtaneously translating - that really threw me! After that I was a little more cautious when the priests asked me to "help". :lol:

There was a lovely "blessing of the feet" at the church in Puente la Reina - also in at least 4 languages... read from a sheet of paper, thank heaven!

And of course vespers at Rabanal with the Benedictine monks is special.

My first Camino, I never thought about a skirt - and frequently went to Mass in a pair of shorts as I had nothing else (except perhaps long pants, which I guess would have been preferable!) But anyway, ladies, it is a thought to pack a handy skirt for just such occasions.... I had one last year and it was actually nice to shower and "dress up" a bit after a long hot day. Obviously you are recognized as peregrinas and everyone knows that you have limited choices in evening wear.... :lol:

And last year we were fortunate to arrive at La Faba on an evening when a Franciscan monk from a neighboring town was making rounds and we had a wonderful ecumenical prayer service in la Iglesia de San Andrés there... simply a beautiful chapel.

To find them, you need to keep your ears open and ask... often there are Masses and services available... you just need to find out about them!
Buen Camino,
 
I think shorts are banned in the Burgos Cathedral & possibly Leon. It's best to wear long(er) pants or a skirt when attending mass or touring churches anyway. But skirts are not required for women pilgrims.

Kelly
 

MichaelB10398

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes to SdC, SJPP to SdC
If we as pilgrims have intentions of entering cathedrals or any other place of worship, let us plan for and remember to be modest in our attire. If there is no desire to enter then the planning is completed and we can move on; but if there is a thought that maybe, then wear appropriate attire for a pilgrim. Some allowances are made, but we can still be respectful.

Mike
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Thank you.
And also, please remember that people may be there to pray or attend Mass.
Be aware and be quietly respectful?
 

anniethenurse

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances.Vasco del Interior.Camino Finisterre& Muxia. Camino Portugues. Ruta del Ebro.
WolverineDG said:
I believe there is also one in Logrono. If the church still has its (very) small albergue, the priest holds a special "pilgrims only" service, sneaking you in after hours via the tunnel.

Kelly

Yes the church in Logrono still has an albergue, don´t know if it is the same one you mean Kelly.
I stayed at the municipal (great place) which filled up pretty quickly. When some of my friends arrived after me they were given the adress to the church albergue which is a donativo. They were served supper and breakfast and were very happy to get a place to stay. It was pouring down rain and thundering that night in Logrono.
Two bicyclists who arrived at 9 pm got in there, too.
annie PS (I don´t know about the tunnel)
 
I'm glad they still have it. I told the writer of the CSJ guide about it & it was the first he'd heard about it, so you may want to send him an email to confirm & update (if necessary.) While the mattresses were really gym mats & very uncomfortable, the friendliness of the people there more than made up for it. The priest even joked with me that since I was from Laredo, I hadn't walked far enough to stay (apparently there is a Laredo Spain as well as a Laredo Texas). All in all, a very nice experience.

Kelly
 

Magick

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I am not catholic, but I felt very welcome in Roncesvalles, the priest even announced my country of origen! I am sure you will love it too! Maretha
 

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