materials for the Pilgrim (Gary T. Johnson)
visit to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela
was a very powerful experience for me, and convinced
me to return as a pilgrim. The "camino"
of Santiago is a time-honored route to the city's
historic cathedral. It leads from the Pyrenees
Mountains on the French border across the top of
Spain, along a southern or a northern route, and
ending in Galicia, the Iberian Peninsula's northwest
corner. There also are routes from other starting
points, such as Portugal."
preparing for the journey, I was disappointed to
see that while there were many guidebooks, I could
not find a devotional companion to the camino. I
decided to write one myself, as a personal act of
devotion that might be of assistance to other pilgrims.
I have been heartened with the encouragement
both in Spain and the U.S., including many links
to this website by groups involved in the camino."
work comes in two versions.
longer version, "A Closer Walk" , http://gryjhnsn.tripod.com/santiago/id13.html
a year of Bible passages, with special selections
for the beginning of the actual journey and for
the arrival in Sanitago de Compostela. This
version is based on the belief that a pilgrimage
is more than the days spent on an actual journey;
it also includes the preparation and the aftermath.
For that reason, there are selections for
a whole year, and special selections for when the
actual journey begins and ends.
second version is shorter. "Forty Days"
a companion for those on the actual journey who
have not begun the year of devotions that the other
book contemplates. Why forty? A typical
journey might take 32 to 34 days. With a few
days of preparation and a few days in the city itself
and the return home, the Biblical number of forty
is appropriate. In this shorter version, every
day includes two selections: one from the
Psalms and one from the rest of the Bible.
2002, by Gary T. Johnson, 2002-2005. All rights
Closer Walk: Getting Started
am I; send me! (Isaiah 6:8)
Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: A Closer
Walk, is the one-year pilgrimage devotional
compiled by Gary T. Johnson. Use it in connection
with the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela or
for understanding the Biblical perspective of the
this verse from the prophet Isaiah as your theme,
whatever day you choose to begin:
6) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I; send me!"
and links to the readings for each month are below.
read the following introductory web pages:
your readings begin. It is recommended that
you begin your year of readings on July 25, the
feast day of St. James the Great ("Santiago").
can, however, begin your readings any day that you
Days: A Devotional Companion for the Pilgrimage
to Santiago de Compostela
6:16 Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask
for the ancient paths....
is the forty-day version of devotionals designed
for the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela. Every
day includes a selection from the Psalms and from
another part of the Bible.
your readings one week before you depart on the
actual camino of Santiago de Compostela. A
typical pilgrimage may take about 32 days, but there
are extra verses at the end of the book for a longer
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