Thursday, July 1, 2010


The boys’ trip to Santiago happened to land on a Saint James Holy Year, which means there are a lot more people (not so great) and the “botafumeiro” is swung at the pilgrim mass each day (very neat). “Botafumeiro” is a Galician word for censer. The Santiago botafumeiro is a HUGE censer that requires a team of eight men to swing it. Censers are often used at high masses to symbolize prayer rising to heaven and to help create a sense of solemnity. The extra large botafumeiro of Santiago also helped with the stench of hundreds of pilgrims who had been hiking for many days during the centuries of the Middle Ages … when showers weren’t so readily available!

Let my prayer be incense before you. -Psalm 141:2a

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