As tired as I was, I hardly slept, so I can’t say I woke up this morning. After a simple continental breakfast, (delicious cafe au lait) I was off to the Basilica of Jesus Medinaceli.
The Franciscans offered to let me concelebrate the Mass at 9 AM and I was grateful. They have a beautiful white marble communion rail, which they do no use. I assisted with Holy Communion. Of course everything was as it is in most places I’ve seen – the two lines down the centre aisle, with no one given the option of kneeling to adore Our Lord before receiving him, as Saint Augustine says we should: “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body.’ No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.” The Holy See stipulates that before receiving Our Lord, you have to an gesture of adoration if you are not receiving while kneeling.
I was not able to post from Day One at the Hostal Don Diego. The connection with the internet was extremely slow and I was not able to access my email to post by email. After the Mass, I went to Sarbucks so that I could post from there. Here is what I see as I posted.
Before boarding the train leaving at about 2 PM, I had a simple lunch at the station – gaspacho,
I slept most of the way to Santiago, so there is not much to say. I could not even keep my eyes open enough to read. The train finally pulled into the station about 10PM. My room is in a place called Ciudad de Vacaciones Monte de Gozo (Vacation City Mount Joy). It is built on the hill that the pilgrims taking the French way would catch their first glimpse of the Cathedral and Shrine of Saint James, hence the name, Monte do Gozo, Mount Joy.
I look forward to the morning and my first glimpse of the Cathedral.