Camino de Santiago - page 17
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A Pilgrim's Progress: Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, on the Camino de Santiago – 2018 - page 17
Since no one was shooing us out early we slept-in. Our legs haven't really recovered because of the continual walking we've been doing.
We gathered around 8am and went in search of a church to attend. Lisa found a church only about a 15 minute walk from the hostal. It turned out to be the Basilica of Jesús de Medinacelli. The Basilica was built to house a statue of Our Lord. It is a style or representation that is usually called 'Nazareno', i.e. a moment in the passion where the Lord is dressed on purple and is usually depicted as condemned to death. This particular statue of Our Lord was sculpted in the 17th century in Seville, and was in a chapel of a Spanish fortress in Morocco, it was captured by the Moors, and ransomed by the Trinitarians. It was then housed in a chapel built by the Duke of Medinacelli and entrusted to Capuchin Friars and when that friary was being demolished in 1890, the mother of the Duke of Medinacelli erected another church to house the statue of Our Lord. Capuchins administer the Basilica today.
After mass we went out for breakfast at a café and decided to walk to the Royal Palace. When we got there the line seemed to go on forever. So we sat on the steps of the Cathedral and wondered what to do next. Deacon Ron and I went to explore the possibility of seeing the Cathedral. No line! And the only asked for a 1 Euro donation!!! We entered the Cathedral - Santa María la Real de la Almudena - another beautiful sacred space. We took some time to pray before we started to wander and wonder. I went up the flights of stairs to kneel before the image of Our Lady and once again prayed for vocations and the spiritual wellbeing of my directees.
After touring the Cathedral we decided to take-in the cathedral crypt as well - the entrance was around and back of the Cathedral on the outside. Again only a 1Euro donation and a guided audio tour on their wifi connection. Amazingly beautiful sacred space!! Afterward we discovered a marble statue of our Lady of Almudena that was hidden in the year 712 (Moorish invasion?) and rediscovered in 1085.
After touring we went back to the hostal to nap and do laundry - Deacon Ron volunteered.
The Blantons and I went to dinner for our final night in Madrid and ended the night with our last chocolate con churros at San Gines - a famous chocolatier in Madrid that serves chocolate and churros 24/7!!
Went home unpacked everything and repacked for the flight home.
Thank you all for your prayers and concerns. Keep praying for our Province as we move forward in His service and the service of Our Lady.
St. James pray for us!
St. Teresa of Jesus pray for us!
Glorious St. Joseph pray for us!
Queen Beauty of Carmel pray for us!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us!
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