Wessex Group Helps Spain-bound Pilgrims

by Gerry Lynch last modified 15 Aug, 2013 04:17 PM

Local branch of Confraternity of St. James seeks to assist people making a pilgrimage to the world famous shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

Wessex Group Helps Spain-bound Pilgrims

St. James' window, Salisbury Cathedral.

The Wessex branch of the Confraternity of St. James (CSJ) was inaugurated in March 2013 and last met on 30 July. CSJ is a nationwide organisation founded to assist people of all denominations who want to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

Local branches exist to promote its aims in a more local context, and to assist people with information on pilgrimage and the routes to Santiago across Britain, France and Spain.  Local members have completed pilgrimages on foot or by bicycle on all the major routes and have wonderful memories to share as well as practical information.  Most members have also assisted pilgrims in Spain at one of the refugios (pilgrim hostels) owned and operated by the CSJ.

On St. James' Day (25 July) members attended evensong at Salisbury Cathedral and enjoyed seeking out references to St. James in our Cathedral (two stained glass windows, an altar piece, and a statue on the west front).  Also represented on the west front is St. Roque, patron saint of pilgrims.

At the July meeting members discussed commissioning a stamp for pilgrims visiting Salisbury Cathedral to have in their pilgrim passports and welcomed the Right Reverend Dr Ed Condry, Bishop of Ramsbury to the meeting.  He is undertaking a walking pilgrimage in stages from Le Puy to Santiago.

Events to come in the next 2 years will include a performance of a choral work by a living composer, a storytelling event and visits to churches dedicated to St. James in Wiltshire.

Their next few meetings will be on 10 September, 12 November, and 14 January 2014, all Tuesdays at 3 pm in the Cathedral Hotel, Milford Street, Salisbury. All are welcome. 

For further information e-mail CSJ or visit the CSJ national website, or contact Gill Anlezark from the Wessex Branch by e-mail or on 01722 325608.

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