My First Pilgrim’s Blessing in Spain

The day after Sechu and Vicente left Pamplona to continue on their Camino while I rested and tended to my blister, I had planned go to the Cathedral for a Mass before immediately leaving on my next stage to Puente La Reina. I did go to the 9:30 Mass and I was among 5 Peregrinos (2 young Frenchmen and a father and son from Denver) and 10 locals attending.

The Mass was held in a beautiful chapel (see picture) and while waiting for the Mass to begin I heard singing coming in the direction of the chapel. It was 7 priests, including one that must of been in his late 80’s, chanting and coming to say Mass. The Mass was half chanted in Spanish with the accompanying organ playing also. It was a simple yet rich service and the Pilgrim’s blessing was an emotional high point for me.

Fortified by the beauty of the Mass and the blessing I left the Cathedral and headed out of Pamplona towards Puente La Reina. I was alone on the Camino for the first time and although I missed Sechu and Vicente I was happy to be my way.

Pamplona Cathedral

Pamplona Cathedral

Pamplona Cathedral Chapel

Pamplona Cathedral Chapel

Pamplona Cathedral Main Altar

Pamplona Cathedral Main Altar

Prayer of the Pilgrim from the Ermita Ecce Homo – Valdeviejas, León, Spain

Prayer of the Pilgrim

Jesus, my Lord, my friend,
You, the icon of God,
You, the fountain of communion,
of freedom and Love.
You, who are my servant,
Walk always with me.

Oración del Caminante

Jesús, mi Señor, mi amigo,
Tú el icono de Dios,
Tú fuente de comunión,
De libertad y de amor,
Tú, que eres mi servidor,
Caminas siempre conmigo.

Prière du Pèlerin

Jesús, mon Seigneur et mon ami,
Toi, l’icône de Dieu,
Toi, source de communión,
de libertè et d’amour,
Toi, qui es mon serviteur,
Tu marches toujours avec moi.

Gebet des Wanderers

Jesus, mein Herr, mein Freund.
Du, der Widerschein Gottes,
Du, Quelle der Kommunion,
der Freiheit und der Liebe,
Du, mein Diener, bist,
immer mein Begleiter.

Preghiera del Camminante

Gesú mio Signore, mio Amico,
Tu icona di Dio,
Tu fonte di comunione,
Di liberá e di amore.
Tu, che ti sei fatto servo,
Cammina sempre con me.


San Juan de Ortega

While sitting waiting for Mass to begin in a church that was as cold as a meat-locker I looked around and was impressed by the simple beauty of the church and the peace and tranquility that I felt just sitting there.

The plan of the church was laid out by the Saint. It has a Romanesque central apse (12th century), transept and 3 semicircular aspes. On the right there is a capital that depicts the battle between Ferragut and Roland and one the left there is an exquiste triple capital that narrates the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity.


The ornate Gothic baldachin is the work of Juan de Colonia and the alabaster tomb was carved in 1474 by Gil de Siloe. The panels on the side narrate the life of the Saint. There is also a crypt underneath the Gothic tomb containing the Romanesque tomb of the Saint.



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