The Camino de Santiago de Compostela honors St. James (Santiago), who was the first of Jesus’ Apostles to be martyred when he was beheaded by Herod Agrippa in 44 C.E. Nearly 750 years passed before James appears again in scripture. As the story goes, about 813 C.E., a Christian hermit, Pelayo, heard music and saw lights shining over a pasture (compostela), whereupon he dug on the site and found bones and parchment. The site was authenticated by the Bishop and the tomb began drawing pilgrims. The pilgrimage started as a small stream that soon swelled to a mighty river. Money poured in to solicit St. James’ protection of Spanish Christians from the Muslim enemies who still ruled parts of the Iberian Peninsula. A great cathedral resulted where St. James’ bones now rest.
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Presenter: Sherry Neuman
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