Back in 2009, PBS filmed a documentary feature about the Pilgrimage to Chartres. The article that is featured along with the video summarizes the 3 day journey and gives a brief history of the tradition of the pilgrimage:
“The pilgrimage began in the Middle Ages. Chartres was always an important place and had great meaning in the life of the Christian world in the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages. Joan of Arc made this pilgrimage. Louis XIV, I believe, made the pilgrimage. After Vatican II there were — there was a lot of confusion that developed in Catholic believers’ minds about what they ought to be doing, what they ought not to be doing, whether they were putting too much of an emphasis on particular practices that somehow or other had become outmoded, and as a consequence things like pilgrimages ended up suffering. It resumed precisely due to the concerns of groups that, by this point, were calling themselves traditionalists who wanted to commit themselves to maintaining practices which they felt to be, spiritually, extremely beneficial.”
The video can be viewed on the link below:
We are Pleased to announce that Fr. Terrence Gordon, FSSP will be our groups Champlin for the 2014 Pilgrimage.
Fr. Terrence Gordon grew up in Nogales, Arizona, on the border of Mexico, as the middle child of Catholic family with five children. He served in the navy and marines for a total of ten years before joining the FSSP. Two of his brothers also serve as FSSP priests. This year Fr. Gordon will be celebrating the 8th year of his priesthood. He currently serves as an assistant pastor for Mater Dei Catholic Church in Irving, TX. He previously served the FSSP apostolates in Omaha, NE and Little Rock, AR.
The official 2014 banner for the Pilgrimage to Chartes has been posted on their official website. You can view the site HERE.
For the 2014 Pilgrimage to Chartres our group will be walking for Our Lady of the Rosary. On October 7, 1571 the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, sailed from Messina, Sicily, and met a powerful Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto. Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory,and led a rosary procession in Rome.
A great article and the displayed image from Catholic Radio Dramas describes the entire story HERE.
Chartres…..The City to Explore at the End of the Pilgrimage
After the three day pilgrimage ends you find yourself in the beautiful city of Chartres. Although you just walked the distance in three days, by standard transportation you are looking at roughly an hour by either train or automobile back to Paris. Why head back so soon when there is so much to explore in Chartres, which is referred to as the perfect weekend trip away from Paris. Besides the Chartres Cathedral, explore the other historic sites, museums, parks and other events the city has to offer. For more ideas on places to visit after the pilgrimage, visit http://www.discover-chartres.com/ for some great incite in the places to see.
(Photo Courtesy of Discover-Chartres.com)
Is this your first year on the Pilgrimage to Chartres? Have wanted to experience the pilgrimage but are having second thoughts of experiencing this amazing journey? Enjoy this entertaining and heartfelt description by Dominic de Souza about this first time he made the three day trek to Chartres back in 2005 and what a life changing experience it was for him. Catch his story here!
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The Chartres Cathedral has many distinct features including its historic and beautiful stained glass windows. Of the 176 windows of the cathedral, the majority were originally completed between 1200 and 1235. The picture (courtesy Medievalart.org) you see is from Panel 11 – Four Angels bearing columns supporting the throne of wisdom. For more information on the stained glass of the Chartres Cathedral check out the great feature below from ChartresCathedral.net
During the three day adventure, be sure you are prepared for what June weather can bring to Paris, France region. This article by www.holiday-weather.com helps you understand the average temperatures and possible weather conditions you will experience along the Pilgrimage to Chartres. (Picture provided by LA Times)
June is a fantastic time to visit Paris, France, when the weather is mostly warm, dry and sunny. The average temperature at this time of year rises up from 16°C (61 degrees F) on June 1st up to 18.5°C (65.3 degrees F) by June 30th. Daily highs tend to range from 21°C to 23° C (69 – 73 F) over the course of the month, very rarely rising above 29°C (84 F) or falling below 16°C. Daily low temperatures range from 11°C to 14°C (52-57 F) throughout June, only falling below 8°C (46 F) or rising above 18°C one day out of every ten.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Paris in June in recent times is 35°C (95 F), with the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month being 1°C (33 F). Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 16°C – and it’s clear that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday. The longest cold spell in 2013 took place between May 14th and June 6th – that’s 24 consecutive days which had cooler than average low temperatures.
Throughout June, Paris is subject to an average of 25mm of rainfall which is spread across 11 days throughout the month. With so many days receiving some type of precipitation, it’s highly likely you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so be prepared and pack an umbrella. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation and tends to fall around June 1st. Thunderstorms are the second most likely type of precipitation and usually occur around June 24th. The likelihood of rainfall decreases as the month develops, falling from 50% on June 1st down to 45% by June 30th. In spite of the fair quantity of rainfall, Paris is only affected by fog on less than one day each June and snow is almost unheard of for this time of year.
At 14°C (57 F), the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris in June is much higher than any of the previous months. Despite the increase in temperature, 14°C is usually considered to be too cold to enjoy a dip, so you’re best off sticking to indoor swimming pools if you’re eager to have a swim. Throughout the month, the average daily humidity is 66%, made up of highs of 92% and lows of 50%.
Paris enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine each day throughout June – that’s one more hour each day than in May. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours stay roughly constant, with the day increasing by only 16 minutes between June 1st and June 30th.
Over the course of June, wind speeds tend to vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, almost never rising above 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around June 13th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around June 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Full article located here.
The Pilgrimage to Chartres is a grueling 3 day adventure that starts in the beautiful city of Paris. If you get into town early before the pilgrimage starts, take the time to check out the history and culture that Paris provides. Touropia provides their top ten list of tourist attractions in Paris. Here are a few highlights of the lesser known tourist spots.
Check out the entire list here: http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-paris/
Place de la Concorde
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