Over 300 pilgrims have entrusted us with their prayers, hopes and thoughts about themselves and others. 

Pilgrims walk and pilgrims pray. It’s what we do. We invite those who don’t pray to reflect on the prayers of others and to think on them with kindness.  In the Middle Ages many pilgrims became sick and needed healthcare and rest. Some recovered to continue their pilgrimage to Santiago. Many died on the Way. The iconic town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada is named after the Saint who was born locally almost exactly 1,000 years ago. He is remembered because of his work caring for pilgrims including building a much needed hospital. 

The Electronic Stone sitting on the Tomb of Santo Domingo

Many pilgrims have written to us asking for prayers because they or their loved ones are ill or have serious challenges of mind or body. It was appropriate to stop at the place where pilgrims were cared for all these years ago to pray for the hopes and intentions of the pilgrims of today. 

These include prayers for:

  • People who have, or have had, the Covid-19 virus
  • Grandparents and Parents who have any form of dementia
  • People who have cancer, many of whom have had their treatment delayed because of the pandemic
  • Couples who have suffered miscarriages, and couples who are undergoing a course of IVF
  • Children who have debilitating conditions
  • Adults and young people who suffer from mental or emotional instability, and some people who even contemplate suicide
  • And many prayers of gratitude:
    from those who have recovered from illness, or are in remission;
    for healthy babies successfully delivered;
    and for our heroic front line workers

Loving God we ask your blessing on these Pilgrim Prayers and may we all experience your peace.

Send your request to the pilgrims: 



  1. I pray for you while you pray for us.
    I pray you have a healthy Camino and are able to continue your Camino ministry to help others experience thr joy of this pilgrimage.


  2. When I saw this, I thought at first that the modern retablo above the tomb showed Jacob wrestling with the angel (which, scholars say, is another way of saying “with God”). His name then changed to Isra-el (“He struggled with God”). I remembered that I’d once written a poem “Advent for Pilgrims”, which appeared on the Universalis Divine Office website of my friend Martin Kochanski :

    Israel was a pilgrim : he whom God
    Came to by night, wrestled till dawn and smote,
    Shrinking his thigh. Limping that pilgrim trod ;
    Limped to his son bearing the coloured coat.

    Good out of evil comes ; the son enslaved
    In Egypt was to give his brothers bread.
    Israel’s sons were pilgrims : freedom craved,
    And wandered where the Cloud and Fire led.

    New Israel is pilgrim : longer far
    Than forty years our wandering must last.
    Though our brother was the Morning Star,
    Till daybreak we must limp, wander and fast.

    Israel saw God’s glory while he slept.
    Pilgrims do not deserve, but they accept.

    But, looking at the retablo again, I realized that it does not show Jacob (Genesis 32) but Tobias and the Angel (Tobit 6). A stranger appears to accompany Tobias on his journey (so they are shown as pilgrims, with staff and gourd). The fish they catch becomes God’s instrument to drive away a demon and to cure old Tobit’s blindness. The stranger reveals that he is the angel Raphael, which means “God heals”. The pilgrim iconography of Raphael is sometimes also used for the guardian angel of each of us. The Feast of the Guardian Angels (2 October) was introduced to the Church by Blessed Francois d’Estaing, Bishop of Rodez. He was born at Estaing on the Chemin de St-Jacques.


  3. Thanks for the posts, John. I am enjoying them.

    I have organised for Mass to be said for our intrepid team of walkers (no pun intended, John) and the intentions/prayer requests on:
    Saturday 5th September at 5pm at St. Joseph’s church Aberdeen (Scotland!)
    The MASS will be STREAMED LIVE.
    To watch it go to
    https://stjoseph.rcda.scot/ (or search for St Josephs church Aberdeen)
    click on “Online Mass and Services”
    Select “Mass on line” (you might need to scroll down)
    and click the play button.

    (You can also click on “Watch Later” and you will be sent a link)


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