Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

Camino de Santiago - page 17

A Pilgrim's Progress: Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, on the Camino de Santiago – 2018 - page 17

Aug 15th

Last entry!

Assumption

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!

Jesús de Medinacelli
Jesús de Medinacelli Basilica
Madre de la Divina Providencia - side chapel Medinacelli
Madre de la Divina Providencia - side chapel of Jesús de Medinacelli
Main altar - Jesús de Medinacelli
Main altar - Jesús de Medinacelli
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'Nazareno' sculpture - circa 17th century
Nuestra Señora (Our Lady) - Medinacelli basilica
Nuestra Señora (Our Lady) - Medinacelli
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Nuestra Señora - detail
Park near the Royal Palace in Madrid
Park near the Royal Palace in Madrid
Palacio Real (Royal Palace) - Madrid
Palacio Real - Madrid
Madrid Cathedral doors
Madrid Cathedral doors
Santa María la Real - Madrid Cathedral
Santa Maria la Real - Madrid Cathedral
Transept view of altar - Madrid Cathedra
Transept view of altar - Madrid Cathedral
Santa María la Real
Santa María la Real
Jesus
Side altar - Madrid Cathedral
Exit door - Madrid Cathedral
Exit door - Madrid Cathedral
Crypt - side altar
Crypt - side altar
St. Joseph - Crypt side altar
St. Joseph - Crypt side altar
St. Anthony - Crypt side altar
St. Anthony - Crypt side altar
Cristo del Buen Camino
Cristo del Buen Camino
Mural - Allegory of the building of the cathedral
Mural - Allegory of the building of the cathedral
Main nave of the cathedral crypt
Main nave of the crypt
Holy Family in San Fernando side chapel of the crypt
Holy Family in San Fernando side chapel of the crypt
San Fernando - crypt side chapel
San Fernando - crypt side chapel
Main altar of the crypt
Main altar of the crypt
Mary, Sacred Heart and St. Isidore - main altar of the crypt
Santa Maria, Sacred Heart and St. Isidore
Image of Santa Maria de la Almudena
Santa Maria de la Almudena
Closeup of Santa Maria de la Almudena
Closeup of Santa Maria de la Almudena

You have reached the end of this pilgrimage. Thank you.

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