EMBRACE THE APOSTLE
Daily: from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm / 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
VENERATION OF THE SEPULCHRE OF THE APOSTLE SAINT JAMES
Daily: from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm
Go around the temple to the main facade, the Obradoiro. Observe its grandiosity: you are here, where you longed to be. Make the sign of the Cross and begin to climb the stairs. Don't rush, this is the arrival point, the time to enjoy each step you take. I was glad when they said to me "Let us go to the house of the LORD"! Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
The Portico of Glory
Upon entering the temple you are welcomed by this magnificent Romanesque work representing the Story of Salvation. To the left, the desire of the coming of Christ, symbolised by four prophets from the Old Testament. To the right, the annunciation of Christ by the four Apostles; the New Testament. In the centre, Christ surrounded by his glory. He is the temple, the mediator between God and men, the priest. He is the door. Through Him we communicate with divine life, through Him we enter true life through faith. In the central column, the mullion, Saint James, the Apostle, sent by Christ to transmit that faith to us. Through faith, enter the door, which is Christ, and say: “I believe in one God...”
Embracing the Apostle
Our visit takes us to the Main Altar, which we circle through the right side in order to climb up and embrace the image of the Apostle which presides the temple. Thank you my friend Saint James, brother Saint James, for helping me to get here! Thank you for your company, for your testimony and your legacy!
The Sepulchre of Saint James
Under the altar of this crypt lies the true destination of The Way: the walls of the ancient tomb and in the centre the urn containing the remains of the Apostle. And you are here, Saint James, in this part of the world. You arrived here to announce Christ and here you remain to encourage our search and our faith. Strengthen my faith, my Christian life, which so often seems to wane. You the strong, you the intrepid, you Son of Thunder.
You will see confessionals throughout the temple and confessors in different languages. Along The Way you have discovered your wounds, your disloyalties, your sins. Through the sacrament of confession you place your sin in the loving and healing hands of Christ, so that he can renew your existence. Have mercy on me, O God, in your faithful love; in your great tenderness wipe away my offences. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
The Pilgrim's Mass
Pilgrims from so many places, with so many languages, we sit around your table, Lord, around your Eucharist. To sit by you like Saint James did so many times, to be with you, to listen to you, to learn from you, so that you encourage and strengthen us with your own life, with your own Body.
Beginning the journey of life
When you have finished, exit the Cathedral through the south door, the Platerías door. Look at the facade. On the mullion, between the two door arches, there is a Chi Rho, symbol of Christ. But the letters are backwards: the Alpha has become Omega, and vice-versa. The end becomes beginning. The destination of The Way is now the beginning of another journey, of your new life.