A day of abundance!
Our day began with our morning circle and an explanation of the purpose of today - a day to arrive, to put some space in our experience to transition from walking to the closure of our pilgrimage. In this light, our word of the day was “abundance,” which is the beautiful circle of giving and receiving energy. To contemplate all that we gave in order to arrive here (preparation, training and walking) and at the same time to be open to the gifts of the Camino - to what we will receive.
After our circle time, a delightful tour guide took us on a tour of the Cathedral of St. James. The tour began early giving us the opportunity to explore the highlights of both the cathedral and the museum, as well as take seats before the Cathedral filled for the noon pilgrim Mass. We learned that the famous botafumiero would be swung today! The botafumeiro is a large 62 kg urn of incense that is swung high above the altar and across the width of the church at only a select few Masses every month. It was amazing to witness it!!
After Mass, our pilgrim group was free to explore Santiago, as well as get their pilgrim Compostela, awarded to those pilgrims who have walked a minimum of 100km - we walked 118 km from Sarria! What a triumph for all! And what a parting gift to be in a river of pilgrims one final time, as we stood in line for our certificates. Tomorrow we head to the beach for our closing day.
Sono luce (I am light and so are you!!)
Copyright 2018 Angela Martin
Guest post by Angela Martin, a seeker of truth, beauty and goodness, and writer and award-winning author who writes on her contemplative journey in the second half of life. Angela is co-leading the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage with Nancy Murray, September 14-23, 2018.