Monday, October 26, 2009

2010 HOLY YEAR - "Faithful to the Light"

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Spain is counting down the days to the 2nd Holy Year of the new century and the 119th since its inception.  I will be adding news about the Holy Year to this post from time to time.

Presentation Compostela Holy Year 2010 "Faithful to the Light"


1. PASTORAL LETTER Archbishop Julián Barrio

"Each year, an increasing number of pilgrims set off to Tomb the Apostle James the Great, with the pilgrimage, among other realities, allegory Church, People of God walk toward "citizenship of the saints. In the Holy Year of 1999 I decided to escort the pilgrim Jacobean in its spiritual and pastoral reflection, pilgrimage in spirit and in truth and in 2004 with the Pilgrims for pastoral grace. In this second Compostela Holy Year of the Third Millennium of Christianity to celebrate the 2010, bring to mind the story of the disciples of Emmaus who refer their encounter with the Risen Christ. Also, from his tomb, the Apostle James, the "friend of the Lord" conveys the message that Christ lives and, therefore, the pilgrim has to give this witness, knowing that friendship with the Lord ensures the fertility of the mission of the Christian life: "I have called you friends, because all I heard from my Father I have made known ... and I have set to go and bear fruit and that your fruit is permanent" (Jn 15,15-16 ), Jesus told his apostles. Pilgrim with you, I offer this reflection from the faith with the awareness of knowing that the Lord also comes to meet us, enlightens us with his presence and his word, and delivers us from all fear.
With this hope, thanking this privilege granted to Church particular in Santiago de Compostela Church "Largest and oldest known to all, founded and constituted in Rome by the two glorious Apostles Peter and Paul," communicate the conclusion of the Second Jacobean Holy Year for the third millennium to my diocesan dioceses and sisters from Spain, Europe and other continents, inviting them to journey to Tomb the Apostle to confess faith in the Risen Christ and receive the abundance of divine mercy as a manifestation of God's love for life man. It is an event of grace that we celebrate and share with all the particular Churches, taking care not to undermine the sense of the Camino de Santiago, as the path of forgiveness, for other reasons beyond their spiritual dynamism that St. James Pilgrimage which becomes "penance" on the roads of the accusation of sins, the forgiveness of sins of our neighbor, prayer, almsgiving and humility, you live in a spirit of conversion and that the Holy Year help us to revitalize our Christian life as a vocation to holiness and eternity, asking the Lord to the intercession of St. James, "a man for whom we visit Galicia", that the meeting of the pilgrims with the apostolic tradition, the goal of joy , hope resonates".

So begins Pastoral Letter of Archbishop of Santiago, Julián Barrio, whose letter becomes his "program" to prepare and pastoral life of the Holy Year 2010. The menu is divided into seven chapters and an introduction:

Introduction: It communicates the conclusion of the Second Jacobean Holy Year of the Third Millennium and calls directly on a pilgrimage to Tomb of St. James. It also indicates the main theme of his letter, the Gospel story of the Road to Emmaus, and links it already has the Camino de Santiago.

I. The Resurrection, The foundation and goal in the Christian pilgrimage: In this chapter, Archbishop Julián Barrio a parallel between the Christian pilgrims and pilgrims of Emmaus inviting the Jacobean Pilgrim's commitment.
II. Pilgrim's spiritual food: Following this previous relationship with Emmaus Christian, the Archbishop travels the spiritual foundations of every Christian, accentuated with the pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. Faith, prayer, the EucharistThe community and the reality of sin and forgiveness are issues that are clearly developed.
III. The pilgrimage, evangelization and event response to the call on the Road: In this aspect, says Mgr District "We need not only teachers but especially witnesses to the faith." This is the chapter that invites the testimony and confession of faith.
IV. The pilgrim and his participation in the life of the Risen: Following the pilgrims of Emmaus, the goal of the journey becomes an experience of encounter with the Risen Christ.
V. The testimony and community experience of faith: "Reaching the goal of his pilgrimage to Tomb of St. James as an encounter with Apostolic Tradition and a renewal of life, Jacobean pilgrims, as the Emmaus pilgrims have returned to the family community, the workplace and the parish, being witnesses of what they have seen, heard and lived with the conviction that history Final of the human person is not confined to the finite ".
VI. Pilgrimage and Christian mission: In this chapter, indicates that the pilgrim, transformed into a new man with the experience inside the Camino de Santiago, must feel the urgency to transform society with their Christian attitudes and Catholic vision.
VII. The Jacobean pilgrimage today: "We welcome the Jacobean Holy Year 2010, the second of the third millennium and in the time of the call transmodernity. It is the Holy Year 119 in the history of the Holy Years Compostela. At a time like the present one marked by human distress and uncertainty generated dramatic lack of solidarity, violence and terrorism, and also for the malaise of a culture that tries to dilute the religious dimension of man, a process which is accompanied by reality of depersonalization that we are suffering, one wonders whether there may still be room for doctrinal and spiritual content, permanent and genuine, this celebration, one of whose manifestations is the most accomplished pilgrimage. If we analyze the statistical data available from the Jacobean pilgrimage, we can see that in the last twenty years the trend in the number pilgrims has always been increasing. Prophetically anticipating what would happen in the last decade of last century, the Bishops of the Camino de Santiago in his pastoral letter in 1988 echoed this flowering when writing: "El Camino de Santiago which leads to Tomb St. James, in the city that bears his name, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre in Galicia, from the most diverse of Spain and Europe has now again become unusual in recent years. The number of pilgrims who travel to the traditional style of the venerable medieval pilgrimage, along with those who do using modern means of locomotion is steadily growing.

The poster has been made by the company to Enxeño Galicia Archdiocese Santiago de Compostela. Explanation of the cartel Modesto Gomez, director of Exene Galicia:
We envision the road as a melting pot of people who, with their multitude of colors, pilgrims of the hand toward a goal.
We envision a destination and draw la Quintana peregrina its essence: its threshold of reconciliation, the prelude to the embrace that allows us to open ourselves to the world Obradoiro Glory.
We envision a style and decided to compose a mural can symbolize the plurality of the road: rounded at the base and bottom line at the top, colorful in its origin, while sober and full of air in the top half while chromatic clean, decorated with a scheme which simplifies the interpretation of three distinct parts that intersect naturally: the representation worldly, full of life and color, characterized by a multitude pilgrim, the spiritual, driven in that ethereal mix of chiaroscuro and unencumbered the silhouette of the cross, and a central plane in which the cathedral is the goal of the Path.   Obradoiro blurring the towers in an overhead shot imaginary, we highlight the vision of la Quintana as Plaza with the presentation of Tower Clock and Holy Door in a composition of simple lines and gray, adorned by colorful and rounded lines on special importance.  
At the door are three elements that stand out: first the images that humanize the stone. On the other, forming a central axis, two representations of the apostle. How could it be otherwise in the case of la Quintana, Place of living and dead, an apostle recumbent, which is the guiding light at the end of the road, rises above the door in its niche as a living witness of Christ and the pilgrim who, as a good host, awaits us at home.
To his right, the clock tower stands as a beacon of hope, a symbol of three essential elements: the clarity, the call and time. It's more symbolic of the temple tower. It represents, in descending order, a glimmer of hope that flows from its guiding light, a perennial call to conversion that resonates in each "badalada 'of the BerengariaAnd a gentle discourse of hours to the rhythm of the needles of a clock that evokes our lives and our history. At the base we wanted to establish a modern, simple and illuminating logo: from the Roman era to today, Pilgrim Church, at the hands of the cross and Vieira, icons of Jesus and James, pilgrimage guided by the light of Christ, walking together, hand in hand with faith, from 2010 years ago.


1. Pilgrimage to Santiago de the CROSS of the WORLD of YOUTH (From 3 to 8 August 2010).
Early in the special Holy Year Redemption in Rome, held between 1983 and 1984, John Paul II decided to Basilica San Pedro a large wooden cross of two meters. At the end of this anniversary year the Pope gave this cross to the youth of the Centro San Lorenzo saying "Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of the love of Jesus to humanity and announce to everyone that only in Christ dead and risen find salvation and redemption". But the Pope decided to make a copy of CrossOne is found in the Centro San Lorenzo, permanently, another pilgrim on the five continents.

2. European Youth Pilgrimage (5-8 August 2010)
During the last Holy Year, 2004, Santiago admitted to more than 30,000 young people participating in European Pilgrimage Youth, under the theme "Witnesses of Christ in a Europe of Hope." In 2010 this pilgrimage will be organized while in Santiago Cross of World Day of Youth 2011, to be held in Madrid. The call at the foot of Tomb of St. James between days 5 and August 8 is the most important event of this Holy Year 2010. Compostela bring together thousands of young Europeans, who have the task of building a new civilization in an area of peace, freedom, democracy and pluralism.
3. Other pilgrimages emphasizing:
-- The Archbishop invited as in previous Holy Years Pilgrimage on a pilgrimage to Episcopal Conference Spanish
-- Pilgrimage of 25 French bishops with their diocesan bishops and the Spanish the French way (19, 20 and 21 July 2010)
-- Pilgrimage of the Diocese of Galicia and many of Spain and other countries
-- Pilgrimage of Arciprestazgos and parishes of our diocese
- Pilgrimage of other institutions Church and other social and cultural institutions

4. Operation Office Pilgrim: The times will be from 9am to 21pm. Is currently in dialogue with Xunta Galicia after requesting 16 positions through grants. The bureau will, as usual, be issuing the Compostela and accommodate the different pilgrims.

5. Delegations Diocesan Pilgrimage for Youth and organize activities both in Santiago and along the various walks of Santiago for youth to participate in the welcoming pilgrims. Also during the year for concerts, training courses, theater workshops, vigils, prayer meetings, etc.. in different pastoral areas Diocese to promote volunteerism among youth.

6. Meeting delegates Diocesan Media Church in Spain (January 2010) organized by The Episcopal Conference Spanish and diocesan delegation Media of Santiago de Compostela. Around a hundred delegates and over 50 leading journalists in the world of modern communication, reflect in Santiago on Church and the media.

7. Organization of congresses. Some of them are:
- European Congress on Education and Family (May 2010)
- Congress "Humanism and Progress"
- World Congress Family
- Meeting of Families
- Fourth World Congress of Guilds and Associations (in October 2009, on the threshold of the Holy Year to promote pilgrimage)

8. Official publications being developed and are in press:
- Different explanatory leaflets on the occasion of the Holy Year, their significance and how to win the Jubilee. At this time there will be a first printing of 200,000 copies. They are to be distributed in the Cathedral Santiago, at churches and throughout the Camino de Santiago.

- The Pilgrim's book: a book for all the pilgrims coming the other way on foot. The first printing will be 50,000 copies.

- The liturgical book Cathedral provide participants in the Eucharist. The first print run will be 5,000 copies.

- Catechism of preparation for the pilgrimage, pastoral materials to help prepare his pilgrims road to Santiago. This material is currently being drafted and circulated to all parishes of Galicia and all those who want to work these catechesis.

9. Exhibitions and concerts in Cathedral, San Martin Pinario Seminary.