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What date is your first Camino day? Find your Saint?

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David

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Moissac to Santiago Spring 2005 was the first foray.
Hi - just a thought .... the day you set out .. whose feast day is that?

Here is a Catholic calendar of saints ............... it defaults to the current day but just below the saints banner you can alter the month and day ... find your saint and then Google them for their life story .. carry that with you as you walk?

You can look up the saint/s for your birth date too! The two on my birthdate were both Franciscans (March 6th).

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/saints.html

Enjoy! (if that is the right word)

Buen Camino.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
2010: ST. JOHN CLIMACUS, ABBOTT OF SINAI
2011: tba
2012: ST.WILLIAM, ABBOT, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF MONTEVERGINE and ST. PROSPERUS OF AQUITAINE, PHILOSOPHER
2014: ST. LIBORIUS, BISHOP OF LE MANS
2016: ST ATHANASIUS, BISHOP OF ALEXANDRIA IN EGYPT AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
2018: ST. IRENAEUS, BISHOP OF LION AND MARTYR and ST PAUL I, POPE
 
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Camino(s) past & future
somewhere between "not enough" and "way too many"
Well, I am not going to get too specific over all the years and birth date but am amazed (disconcerted!) by the number of martyrs that show up. All I can think is "Yikes!":)

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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
2019
St. Victor, Martyr on the via Salaria antica
St. Paschal Baylon, Franciscan lay , Patron of the Eucharistic Associations
2018
St. Antony M. Zaccaria, priest, Founder of the Barnabitis
2017
St. Alexander, Bishop of Jerusalem and Martyr
St. Ubald, Bishop of Gubbio
2016
St. Catherine of Sweden, Virgin, Mother of St. Bridget
2015
St. Sophronius of Jerusalem, Bishop
St. Eulogius, priest and martyr
2014
St. Jiulius I, Pope
St. Zeno, Bishop of Verona
St. Joseph Moscati, Physician of Naples

What a slew of Saints! (BTW, What is the collective noun for saints? A sanctity?)
And my birthday has a pope, a physician/martyr, and an ascetic - all of them from before the 5th C. I guess I can take my pick?
Thanks David, beside being fun, this is actually quite interesting.
 
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VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
BTW, What is the collective noun for saints?
My lunchtime relaxation was to go looking here, and I found:
  • A communion of saints,
  • No pilgrims,
  • And a holiness of donuts
Go figure.
(Sorry David, for going off topic. I couldn't resist...)
 

Dani7

Stop wishing, start doing.
Camino(s) past & future
(2020) Camino Frances
2020: Saint Vincent Ferrer. Spaniard born in Valencia, Dominican friar and missionary to spread the word, preacher and teacher (logician). Very fitting for my personal history.
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
Leaving Sarria on a Sunday morning (which in retrospect I would never recommend) a man complained to me about the great numbers of people in his way (a self-avowed cheap vacationer) by saying, "Look - it's like a procession!" And yes, there was a literal line of people on trail.

A "Procession of Pilgrims!" What better way to describe us - because after all, isn't that what we do for special holy times - process?

I will never complain about the numbers of pilgrims anywhere on the Camino - having received this treasured gift from someone who was totally annoyed and unaware!
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018), Mozarabe and more (2019)
... or you could seek the assistance of the fourteen Holy Helpers: there’s one for every eventuality and every day for a fortnight.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Thanks for the post @David . Interesting idea. I discovered that my pilgrimage from San Andres de Teixido last year began on the feast of St Winifred: a Welsh saint whose shrine in Holywell I have walked to twice (from Aberdaron and from Shrewsbury). A connection I would probably never have made but for your post :) And on the 'martyr' issue - Winifrid was famously martyred and then resurrected to live to a decent old age ;)
 

BROWNCOUNTYBOB

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015 & 2017) and plans for 2019 (Sept, Oct)
I spent a semester abroad studying Spanish the spring of 1978. Three of us stayed with a kind widow, who cooked meals for us and provided oversight. I recall her telling us that in Spain birthdays are not celebrated; rather it is the feast day of your namesake's saint. So we celebrated St Robert's day with a cake, rather than my birthday. Bob
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
Not surprisingly I'm walking out on the day remembering the big dog, Archangel Michael 29th September 2019 coincidentally or not in memory of my Uncle of the same name so will have to memorize his prayer whilst walking beside my own guardian angel, Sinead. Always guarded, guided and protected 🙏
 

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Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018), Mozarabe and more (2019)
I discovered that my pilgrimage from San Andres de Teixido last year began on the feast of St Winifred: a Welsh saint whose shrine in Holywell I have walked to twice (from Aberdaron and from Shrewsbury). A connection I would probably never have made but for your post :) And on the 'martyr' issue - Winifrid was famously martyred and then resurrected to live to a decent old age ;)
St Winifred also belongs to the company of cephalophores (head-bearing saints) that includes St Denis. I often refer to her decapitation and miraculous recapitation when teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and draw attention to the Winifred’s Well in Dublin's Temple Bar - woefully misused these days as a receptacle for rubbish - but, strangely, few students share my fascination.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
St Winifred also belongs to the company of cephalophores (head-bearing saints) that includes St Denis. I often refer to her decapitation and miraculous recapitation when teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and draw attention to the Winifred’s Well in Dublin's Temple Bar - woefully misused these days as a receptacle for rubbish - but, strangely, few students share my fascination.
Have you heard of this fairly obscure St Winifred's well? On the supposed route of the journey the saint's relics took from her burial site in Gwytherin to the abbey in Shrewsbury. An event which inspired the first of the Ellis Peters Cadfael medieval mystery novels. My friend Andy and I planned our route from Shrewsbury to Holywell to pass by.
 

Paladina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF, primitivo & del norte (2017); VdlP/Sanabres, ingles et al (2018), Mozarabe and more (2019)
Have you heard of this fairly obscure St Winifred's well? On the supposed route of the journey the saint's relics took from her burial site in Gwytherin to the abbey in Shrewsbury. An event which inspired the first of the Ellis Peters Cadfael medieval mystery novels. My friend Andy and I planned our route from Shrewsbury to Holywell to pass by.
Thanks, I hadn’t come across this one. It would be lovely to stay there the next time I cycle across Wales, but it’s a bit too pricey for my pilgrim budget!
 

rorerich

CaminoLifer
Camino(s) past & future
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, (2019)
Ok, sorry, I got sidetracked earlier - mostly because I love to tell that story - a shameless confession.

Back to the topic: My next Camino falls on the feast of Padre Pio. OH!!! He suffered the wounds of crucified Christ. I will need to ponder this beyond the obvious...
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
Padre Pio
An incredibly powerful Saint, my mother has been on receiving end of his intentions and dedicates her time to visiting people in our local area with his holy relic, MIT, a rose scent features when he is present 🙏
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
When I walked the Camino in 2016, I was walking with my son. His birthday happened to fall when we were in Carrion de los Condes. Unfortunately, he wouldn't let me tell anyone that it was his birthday. Fortunately, he was still able to participate in a big celebration, including a special mass for visiting pilgrims presided over by the visiting bishop. His birthday falls on July 25, a good saint's day for the Camino.
 

ObeeOne

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage for 2020
I will arrive in Madrid on a feast of St. Joseph who is one of my Patrons. Very pleased to think of 'traveling' with him as my spiritual guide.
 

Chizuru

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2018)
Hi - just a thought .... the day you set out .. whose feast day is that?

Here is a Catholic calendar of saints ............... it defaults to the current day but just below the saints banner you can alter the month and day ... find your saint and then Google them for their life story .. carry that with you as you walk?

You can look up the saint/s for your birth date too! The two on my birthdate were both Franciscans (March 6th).

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/saints.html

Enjoy! (if that is the right word)

Buen Camino.
I just realized that now is 18th September in Spain which makes it exactly a year from when we started our Camino Frances! Thank you for this post as it made me check my starting date in my diary otherwise the anniversary would have gone past unnoticed. St Sophia is the Saint, by the way.
 

Kat Kostrzewska

Online guide https://caminodesantiagobybike.co.uk
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018), Via Tolosana (2012) Camino Norte (2014)
Today Santo Domingo de la Calzada celebrates the day of Saint Jeronimo Hermonilla, born in the town in 1800. He died as a martyr in Vietnam.

I happened to be in Santo Domingo on the 19th of September a few years ago. I will never forget an amazing celebration in the cathedral together with very loud singing. The town is very proud of its son.

And for me - just one more reason to love Santo Domingo de la Calzada, that is one of my favourite places on Camino Frances anyway.

Today there was a fiesta in the town. Happy pilgrims who are there tonight! I wish I was there
 

Kat Kostrzewska

Online guide https://caminodesantiagobybike.co.uk
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018), Via Tolosana (2012) Camino Norte (2014)
Thank you David for your Saints' Calendar. Let me add a shortlist of Saints modern pilgrim meets along Via Tolosana and Camino Frances. Their feast days fall on:

January
16 Saint Fris (Bassoues, Via Tolosana)
17 Saint Anthony the Great (Arles, Via Tolosana)

February
13 Saint Fulcran (Lodeve, Via Tolosana)

April
4 Saint Isidor of Sevilla (Leon, Camino Frances)
9 Saint Mary Jacobe (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Via Tolosana...well maybe not, but not so far away:)
24 Saint Mary Salome, a mother of Saint James (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Via Tolosana); also/or in October

May
9 Saint Gregorio Ostianese (Logrono, Camino Frances)
12 Saint Domingo de la Calzada (Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Camino Frances)
28 Saint Guilhem (Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, Via Tolosana)

June
2 Saint Juan de Ortega (San Juan de Ortega, Camino Frances)
7 Saint Fermin (Pamplona, Camino Frances); also in September
25 SAINT JAMES THE GREAT (SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA)

August
16 Saint Roch (Montpellier, Via Tolosana)

September
1 St Giles (Saint-Gilles, Via Tolosana)
19 Saint Jeronimo Hermonilla (Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Camino Frances)
25 Saint Fermin (Pamplona, Camino Frances)

October
22 Saint Mary Salome, a mother of Saint James (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Via Tolosana)

November
1 ALL SAINTS
29 Saint Saturnin of Toulouse (Toulouse, Via Tolosana)

December
6 Saint Nicholas of Bari (San Juan de Ortega, Camino Frances)
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Thank you David for your Saints' Calendar. Let me add a shortlist of Saints modern pilgrim meets along Via Tolosana and Camino Frances. Their feast days fall on:

June
2 Saint Juan de Ortega (San Juan de Ortega, Camino Frances)
7 Saint Fermin (Pamplona, Camino Frances); also in September
25 SAINT JAMES THE GREAT (SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA)
I don't know about all the others but I'm pretty sure this should be July instead of June.
 

Kat Kostrzewska

Online guide https://caminodesantiagobybike.co.uk
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018), Via Tolosana (2012) Camino Norte (2014)
Thank you David Tallan. I lost "July" subtitle. Juan de Ortega is June, then Fermin and our Best Friend Saint James have their celebrations in July.
 

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