Monday, September 14, 2015
Route of Santiago de Compostela 18.9.1993
The Camino de Santiago, also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James's Way, St. James's Path, St. James's Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela, and Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes (most commonly the Camino Francés or French route) to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.
They are the Holy Years of Compostela, those years in which the 25th of July falls on a Sunday allowing for the celebration of the martyrdom of St. James. In these years, believers can obtain a plenary indulgence, leaving them completely absolved of all their sins.
This year occurs on a fixed pattern of 6, 5, 6, and 11 years and if the 25th of July is a Sunday, this happens -14 times each century, then the Catholic Church has the power to grant plenary indulgence – the forgiveness of all sins- to the faithful who visit the tomb of the Apostle in the cathedral of Santiago, the mass involves praying for the intentions of the Pope and receiving the sacraments of confession and communion. It is recommended that pilgrims attend Mass in order to receive a complete divine absolution. They are the named Jacobean or Holy saint years of Compostela, the motive behind hundreds of pilgrimages that throughout history which have led walkers from all over the world to the tomb of St. James to “cleanse” their souls. The last was in 2010 and the next will be in 2021.
Thank you Merja.