The Apostle James, the reason for the Camino pilgrimage, is celebrated throughout the world on July 25th, his designated saint’s day. In Santiago de Compostela, Saint James is honored in a spectacular way on July 24th, with fireworks and a multimedia show in the Praza do Obradoiro. Below are some photos of this year’s show, courtesy of Robert Anderson, pilgrim from South Africa.
Check out this mesmerizing video:
Robert and Darren Combrink are currently walking to Finisterre to complete their epic Camino and fundraiser for Walking For Life. Bravo guys! Buen Camino!
Meanwhile, closer to home
All over America, pilgrims celebrate St. James Day in different ways. Bay Area pilgrims started on Saturday, July 21st with an urban Camino in San Francisco. The 12-mile trek began near Ocean Beach and continued through the Sunset neighborhood on Santiago Street, up to Mt. Davidson (SF’s highest peak), through the Mission district to St. James church for a mass and pilgrim blessing. We ended the day with tapas, paella, and sangria at at Spanish restaurant. Here’s the video created with MapMyHike and Relive Apps:
For those who missed it, you can follow our footsteps and do this walk any time. And this coming weekend is when he church is actually celebrating Saint James Day!
July 28, noon – 3 pm meditation stations.
July 29, 10:30 mass, followed by BBQ. Here’s a snapshot of the bulletin announcement.
Saint James Catholic Church is located at: Guerrero St & 23rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Feast of Saint James Day Potluck & Blessing
On Wednesday, July 25th, our NorCal APOC chapter hosted a Feast of St. James Potluck at Corpus Christi church in Piedmont, with a presentation about Saint James and a blessing for departing pilgrims. I wanted to have a special event in the East Bay, and my parish was the perfect place to have it. The church is located on Saint James Drive, after all!
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The Gibson Center room
Belltower at Corpus Christi church
American Pilgrims on the Camino
Shells and arrows point the way to the potluck
The Wise Pilgrim Camino Map w/pins on my Camino starting points.
Pilgrim volunteers offered help to set up and clean up
Cerveza con limón
Y por supuesto, vino de España
Spanish cheeses and quince paste, tarta de Santiago, and more treats!
Someone made the Empanada recipe from Yosmar’s Tastes of the Camino cookbook!
Sweet treats from Santiago
As usual, I am too busy to fill my own plate at these events. Guy’s tortilla was going fast!
Marie Gunter brought a delicious salad
Delicious salad from the Tastes of the Camino cookbook
Reverend Beth saying “Grace” before our feast
Let the feast begin!
Pilgrim David Dement gave a presentation about Saint James
David’s rosary, credential, and well-used Brierley guide to the Camino Frances
A captivated audience
Beth Lind Foote gave a lovely blessing to departing pilgrims
Departing pilgrims reading the Beatitudes of the Pilgrim
The Camino Provides Patch Special: 7 for $25
I decided to extend a special deal on patches through July 31.
St. James Day flash sale: Buy 7 patches for just $25 and get free shipping!
It is fun to give patches to friends and pilgrims on the Camino or back at home as a way to commemorate their Caminos. See all patches at Etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides.
UPDATE: If you missed out on this special, it will be offered again next July for St. James Day. The best deal now is the Buy 12, get 3 free, mix and match, free stickers.
Message from American Pilgrims on the Camino
Below you will find a message from the APOC Board of Directors: