Sunday, July 25, 2010

Feast of St. James - The Pilgrims' Progress

Today is the feast day of St. James, the patron saint of the diocese of Brooklyn.  Traditionally, the relics of St. James are believed to be in the cathedral at Compostela, Spain and pilgrims from around the world make the trek on foot to visit them.  "El Camino" or the way of St. James, is a pilgrimage that traces its history back 1,200 years and pilgrims walk up to 150 miles to arrive at their destination.  This year is declared a jubilee year by the Church because the feast day falls on a Sunday.  Pilgrims reaching their destination in a jubilee year are granted a plenary indulgence.


 One of the famous spectacles in Compostela is the swinging of the "botafumeiro" or censers containing incense over the congregation.  The large censer weighs approximately 180 pounds and it takes 8 professional men to pull the ropes that gives it the swing necessary to go flying through the transept.  There are some youtube videos of the spectacle which are worth watching to fully appreciate the event.



As the possibly Catholic cowboy, John Wayne, might have said "Happy feast day, pilgrim."  (Wayne was married to a Catholic and his children were Catholic.  It was reported that Wayne converted to Catholicism prior to his death in 1979. )

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