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Celebrating Saint James Day

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Laurie Ferris, Jul 28, 2018.

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How did you celebrate St. James Day this year?

  1. I am currently on the Camino

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  2. I was in Santiago

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  3. I attended a special service at home

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  4. I took a nice long hike

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  5. I hosted an event at home

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  6. I ate tapas

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  7. I drank vino or cerveza

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  8. Other - leave comment on "Celebrating Saint James Day" post

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  1. Laurie Ferris

    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Hi all,
    I'm sharing some ways St. James Day was celebrated, near and far. How did you celebrate?


    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.

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    Robert Anderson 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. 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, California, 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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    Shells and arrows point the way to the potluck

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    The Wise Pilgrim Camino Map w/pins on my Camino starting points.

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    Cerveza con limón

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    Y por supuesto, vino de España!


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    Spanish cheeses and quince paste, tarta de Santiago, and more treats!

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    Someone made the Empanada recipe from the "Tastes of the Camino" cookbook

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    As usual, I am too busy to fill my own plate at these events. The food was going fast!

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    Marie brought a delicious salad with spinach, pine nuts and raisins, and edible flowers, also from the "Tastes of the Camino" book.




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    Reverend Beth saying “Grace” before our feast

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    Let the feast begin!


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    One of our members gave a presentation about Saint James

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    Rev. Beth Lind Foote gave a lovely blessing to departing pilgrims

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    Departing pilgrims reading the Beatitudes of the Pilgrim

    Message from American Pilgrims on the Camino


    Below you will find a message from the APOC Board of Directors:

    Happy St. James’ Feast Day!

    As you may know, today is the Feast of St. James’ Day, a very special day celebrated all over Spain. Throughout Galicia in particular, there are parades, special foods and meals, and commemorative Masses and ceremonies in the beautiful churches along the Way. And in Santiago, the pilgrim community, which is normally characterized by genuine joy, is even more jubilant!

    We at American Pilgrims on the Camino have been supporting the improvement and rebuilding of Camino facilities and infrastructure for many years, by awarding grants to Spanish, French, and Portuguese organizations; this year alone, we made $30,000 in grants to projects along the Camino! The American Pilgrims grant program is a tangible demonstration of our mission of fostering the enduring tradition of the Camino and has helped to support the ever-increasing number of pilgrims that travel the different routes to Santiago. This program is solely possible through member support.

    We invite you to join American Pilgrims on the Camino and become part of these lovely contributions to the Camino community. By joining today you will always remember your “anniversary date of belonging” is July 25, the Feast of St. James’ Day. You can start enjoying the benefits and pride of belonging right away.

    ¡Buen Camino!

    Pilgrims, How do you celebrate St. James Day? Comment or take the poll at the top of this post.
     
  2. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Laurie - Great post! What wonderful activities going on in the Bay Area. And that feast you guys put together to share! We, unfortunately, don’t have such a chapter near us. Congrats on the money raised this year to sponsor projects along the Camino. Giving back! That’s what it’s all about. Buen Camino!
     
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  4. Ginamarie

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    urie, your celebration was delightful to read! It made me a bit wispy as I live in SF for 16 years and Oakland for 5 so makes me see what I am now missing.:(
     
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  5. Laurie Ferris

    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Thanks Wily! It's fun to share the Camino love here in the Bay Area.
     
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  6. Laurie Ferris

    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Hi Ginamarie, If you ever visit the Bay Area, you are welcome to join any of our events! :)
     
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