Devotional materials for the Pilgrim (Johnson)  


                                   Devotional materials for the Pilgrim (Gary T. Johnson)


  "A 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."


  "In 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."


  "The work comes in two versions.  


- The longer version, "A Closer Walk" ,

includes 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.


- The second version is shorter.  "Forty Days"

is 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 reserved.


  A Closer Walk: Getting Started


  Here am I; send me! (Isaiah 6:8)  

  The 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 pilgrim.  

Take this verse from the prophet Isaiah as your theme, whatever day you choose to begin:  

 (Isaiah 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!"


Instructions and links to the readings for each month are below.

- First, read the following introductory web pages:

- Then 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").

- You can, however, begin your readings any day that you like:


  Forty Days:  A Devotional Companion for the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela  


  Jeremiah 6:16 Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths....


  This 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.


  Begin 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 journey.


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