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    Here is plenty of information on Cathedral Mass Times at Santiago de Compostela to ensure you get to a pilgrim mass on your trip along the Camino.
    Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, is the climactic destination of the Way of St. James, a Catholic pilgrimage route that originated way back in the 9th century. Moreover, it is said to be the burial site of St. James the Great, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. The shrine is at Catedral de Santiago de Compostela which was consecrated in 12th century. Since the early medieval period, the cathedral has traditionally been the culminating point of the pilgrimage route. Originally, Catedral de Santiago de Compostela featured a Romanesque structure. However, in the later years, Gothic and Baroque designs were added to the grand building.

    Cathedral Mass Times at Santiago de Compostela 

    Catedral de Santiago

    From Monday to Friday, following masses take place

    7.30, 8, 9 and 10 at Capilla del Santísimo
    11 at Capilla de La Corticela
    12 and 19.30 at the Cathedral’s high altar

    On Saturdays, the mass times at Santiago are as follows:

    7.30, 8 and 9 at Capilla del Santísimo
    11 at Capilla de La Corticela
    10, 12, 18 (in Galician) and 19.30 at the high altar

    On Sundays and Feast Days, the mass times at Santiago are as follows:

    7.30, 8 and 9 at Capilla del Santísimo
    11 at Capilla de La Corticela
    10, 12, 13.15, 18 and 19.30 at the high altar


    The Pilgrim Mass – Welcoming the New Pilgrims


    The Pilgrim’s Mass is conducted daily at the high altar of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral from 12:00 PM onward. The mass begins with a warm message to welcome new pilgrims who have reached Santiago de Compostela in the last 24 hours. The names and nationality of each new pilgrim is called out as well as the name of the place they had begun their pilgrimage from. The pilgrims attend the mass in order to thank God for the completion of their journey and for the opportunity to be able to have this spiritual experience.
    To have a seat, pilgrims should arrive ahead of time. Priests who want to officiate the Pilgrim Mass should head to the sacristy at least 15 minutes before the mass begins.
    The cathedral allows groups with a priest to have a private mass as well. They can book the chapel to conduct their mass.

    The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro


    The Santiago de Compostela Botafumeiro is one of the popular symbols of Camino de Santiago. It is an enormous incense burner made up of silver plated alloy of brass and bronze. The famous thurible is one of the largest censers in the world. It is 1.6 meters in height and weighs about 80 kilos. Botafumeiro is a Galician word that means 'smoke expeller' in English. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral brings out this popular and unique symbol 'botafumeiro' during saint years, that is when July the 25th is on a Sunday, and on other important religious events. Rest of the year, the botafumeiro is exhibited in the library of the church.
    The burner needs about eight hands to move it to the interior of the cathedral before mass time. It is filled with 40 kg of charcoal and incense with the help of shovels. The experts tie the thurible to the rope with complex sailor knots and suspend the botafumeiro about 20 meters high in the dome on the roof of the church with a help of a pulley system at the speed of 68 km per hour. The pulley system that is currently being used was installed way back in the early 16th century - 1604 to be exact. The ropes that are used last one or two decades depending on the wear.
    Swinging the thurible each time at the church costs about 250€. While the performance is somewhat expensive, the swinging of the Botafumeiro is a symbol that is popular with pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The Botafumeiro expels large amount of smoke that dazzle the visitors.

    Tiraboleiros - The Incense Carriers


    The eight men who move and swing the botafumeiro are dressed in red robes and are known as tiraboleiros. It is a Galician term derived from the Latin word 'turifer' that means 'incense carrier'.

    La Alcachofa - The Cabbage


    La Alcachofa is another huge thurible often used in the other masses which carried out in the cathedral throughout the year. LA Alcachofa means 'Artichoke' in English. It is a silver-colored metal censer invented in 1971 by the sacred skilled craft workers that worked under the renowned craftsman Luis Molina Acedo.

    Accidents Caused by the Botafumeiro


    The swinging of botafumeiro has resulted in several accidents over the years. Oftentimes, the botafumeiro's rope snapped from the hook. In 1499, one of the most notable accidents took place. Nobody was injured, but the accident was shocking nonetheless. Princess Catherine of Aragon was on her way to marry the heir to the English throne. She decided to stop by Catedral de Santiago de Compostela to witness the burning of botafumeiro. While it was being oscillated, the botafumeiro flew out of the cathedral through the Platerias high window. In 1937, hot coals were spilled onto the floor when some cords became loose, and in 1925, the botafumeiro dropped on the feet of the tiraboleiros.

    Cultural Activities at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral


    Besides masses, the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral features cultural activities, a library, art and music and a museum. The cathedral offers guided tours of the library where one can learn about the treasured documentaries and bibliographic collections. There is a huge chapel dedicated solely to music boasting scores' recordings, organs, and audios. The museum allows visitors to learn about Cathedral's fascinating history and art. Whether you are a pilgrim or not, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is a special place to visit.



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    Geraldine

    Communications Manager working in all things media, based in Dublin's fair city with a passion for travel and an ear for languages. Having lived in Spain, Geraldine speaks fluent Spanish so is happy to grab the opportunity to skip along the Camino de Santiago at the drop of a hat.

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