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St James’ Day Pilgrims’ Mass and Blessing – Tuesday 25 July at 6pm

Have you ever made a pilgrimage? Do you know someone who has? Many of you know that I walked the camino in 2010. That 980km from Irùn to Fisterra via Santiago de Compostela was much more than just a walk; for me it was a pilgrimage. Any journey can be a pilgrimage when an inward journey accompanies an outward journey, when we don't just seek to be somewhere else but to become someone else. All over Darwin, from all different backgrounds and traditions, there are people who have had such experience or would like to. And, of course, there are also many who have made an outward journey to Darwin—many backpackers and grey nomads—who may be seeking an inward journey. This feast day is an opportunity to gather such people together around the Scriptures and sacrament and share together in prayer and breaking of bread, to offer to walk with them and to invite them to the way of Jesus. So, for all pilgrims, hikers, backpackers, sojourners, nomads, wayfarers, refugees, bushwalkers, trekkers, trampers, migrants, alpinists, wanderers and others: bring your credencial, scallop, trekking poles, walking stick or backpack and join us at Christ Church Cathedral Darwin at 6pm on 25 July. Please contact me if you'd like to assist with the readings or liturgy at this ecumenical service. ¡ultreia! Cam.
[God] is a God of the Way. His sanctuary is the Mobile Ark, His house is a tent, His Altar a cairn of rough stones... He leads [the Israelites] out of Egypt... There He gives them their Solemn Feast, the Passover: a feast of roasted lamb and bitter herbs, of bread baked not in an oven but on a hot stone. And he commands them to eat "in haste," with shodden feet and sticks in hand, to remind them, forever that their vitality lies in movement. – Bruce Chatwin, The Songlines (New York, N.Y.: Penguin, 1987) pp 194-195

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