The Cathedral of St James in Santiago, Spain

Today is the Feast of St James the Apostle, James the Great also known as James, son of Zebedee. was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to the New Testament. James is described as one of the first disciples to join Jesus. Saint James is the patron saint of Spain and, according to tradition, his remains are held in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

The Way of St James

Santiago de Compostela (or Saint James of Compostella in English) is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia, in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as the destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route since the 9th century.

On the Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela

The Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrims’ ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.

I would certainly recommend going on this ‘life changing’ Pilgrimage!