Ourenze – Rest Day

I am having a quiet, rest day in Ourenze. When the usual early morning stirring began in the albergue I rolled over and ignored it! It was a great feeling of laziness! Eventually, I rose and checked out around 8.00am. Michael and Denis, fellow pilgrims, did the same. Normally, one is only allowed one night in an albergue, though concession of a further night is granted for sickness.

We had breakfast in a bar, then left our backpacks at a hostal – we could not check in until last nights’ guests had left. Michael and Denis went off to enjoy the thermal baths. I went to the Cathedral for Sunday Mass.

I found the sacristy and introduced myself. As I had hoped, I was invited to concelebrate the Sunday Morning Mass at the main altar of the Cathedral, along with about 5 other Spanish concelebrants and the principal celebrant.

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The principal celebrant preparing the offertory gifts at the main altar.

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The small congregation, at the end of the distribution of Holy Communion.

Afterwards, I had a look around the Cathedral. It is quite a spectacular building.

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The walls and roof are quite simple, plain stone, little or no decoration. But some of the back altar pieces and side chapels are very ornate and richly decorated. I found it less “clustered” than some of the other cathedrals I have been in, mainly because there is only one floor space for the whole cathedral, rather than the central nave being sectioned off.

I have had lunch – beer and garlic prawns – and am now going to check into my room in the hostal and have a good rest. Dinner with pilgrim companions later, then an early night in preparation for whatever tomorrow holds (I already know it includes another steep climb!!)

Ultreia!!

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