This year, Regina Pilgrimages has asked us to accompany them on the Camino de Santiago in Spain to take some photos and videos of their journey.
Regina Pilgrimages has quite a few upcoming pilgrimages to places like Chartres, France, as well as Central Europe including Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Germany, and there are still slots available! Be sure to check them out, and maybe we’ll see you on one of these upcoming pilgrimages!
Today’s batch of photos come from our journey from Sarria to Portomarin, Spain!
Sarria - Portomarín (13 Miles)
On a cold, rainy morning, we began our 70-mile walk to Santiago de Compostela. The day was dreary but our hearts were eager to begin the journey, carrying our intentions and those of our loved ones. We have a joyful, energetic group of 32 pilgrims led by Fr. Scott Graves, who has walked the Camino three times already. Father gave a short sermon before we began the walk. Our starting point was the Church of Santa Mariña located in downtownn Sarria. There, our tour escort Carlos explained the importance of the Santiago pilgrimage throughout the centuries; he will accompany us throughout the 6-day walk. And so we set on! We walked along forest paths and small villages. Some of the hikes were steep and challenged us all! We prayed and encouraged each other. The scenery was so beautiful, especially when the sun, which hid for most of the day, peeked through the clouds. Finally, at the end of the day, we crossed the Miño river and arrived in Portomarín. For centuries, the town of Portomarín has expressed a special devotion to “La Virgen de las Nieves” (Our Lady of the Snows) who protects her devotees from drowning. Fr. Graves celebrated Mass in the 12th-century Church of San Xoan de Portomarín. This church is a temple-fortress of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, a Catholic military order founded in the 11th century. It is of Late Romanesque style and was designed to be both a church and a castle. After Mass, we enjoyed a very well-deserved Spanish dinner before retiring to gear up for tomorrow!