From May 10 to 23, Rev. Tim will be walking the Camino Portugues on a pilgrimage to Santiago. Join him in spirit by reading two chapters of the Book of Acts each day.
The Pilgrimage to Santiago
In Rev. Tim’s words:
After the services on May 7, I’ll be off to Portugal to hike a portion of the Camino Portugues — from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. My companion on the pilgrimage will be another priest from the Diocese, the Rev. Stephen Drakeford. Each day we’ll walk about 25 km along the historic coast of Portugal and western Spain.
The Camino Portugues is one of several pilgrimages that terminate in Santiago, where the bones of the apostle St James are buried. St James was the brother of Jesus and, after the crucifixion, traveled to the Iberian peninsula to spread the gospel, as described in Romans 10:18: “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” At the time, this area was perceived to be the literal end of the world; in fact, there is a town on the coast named Finisterre, which means exactly that!
While the journey will be a great physical experience, with hiking and stops for eating, resting and enjoying beautiful views, there is a deep spiritual component to this pilgrimage as well. In walking the Camino we will connect with other Christians walking these paths now and those have been making similar pilgrimages along the same route since the Middle Ages, all seeking God’s purpose and peace.
I look forward to my return when I can share my experience with my brothers and sisters at home!
Be with Tim on His Pilgrimage
The Book of Acts tells of many journeys: of the disciples following Penetcost; of Paul on his three missionary journeys; of the church itself into Jewish and Gentile lands.
Rev. Tim invites you to join him and Stephen on his pilgrimage by reading two chapters from the Book of Acts each day. Here’s a chart of where Tim will be each day on the Camino, and where we’ll be each day in Acts:
|Date||Where we are on the Camino||Chapters of Acts||What is happening in Acts|
|Wed May 10||Porto||1, 2||Jesus’s ascension to heaven; Pentecost: the church established|
|Thu May 11||Porto to Povoa de Varzim||3, 4||Peter heals a beggar; Peter and John before the Sanhedrin; believers share their possessions|
|Fri May 12||Povoa de Varzim to Esposende||5, 6||The apostles are persecuted; seven chosen and sent; Stephen is seized|
|Sat May 13||Esposende to Viana do Castelo||7, 8||Stephen’s trial and death; Church in Jerusalem scattered; Philip and the Ethiopian official|
|Sun May 14||Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora||9, 10||Saul’s conversion on the road to Damascus; Peter’s vision; Peter with the Gentiles|
|Mon May 15||Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda||11, 12||The church in Antioch; Peter’s miraculous escape from prison|
|Tue May 16||A Guarda to Baiona||13, 14||Paul’s first missionary journey|
|Wed May 17||Baiona to Vigo||15, 16||The council in Jerusalem; letter of doctrine to Gentile believers; Paul’s second missionary journey|
|Thu May 18||Vigo to Redondela||17, 18||Paul in Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, and Corinth|
|Fri May 19||Redondela to Pontevedra||19, 20||Paul in Ephesus; Paul passes through Macedonia and Greece|
|Sat May 20||Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis||21, 22||Paul’s return to Jerusalem; Paul’s arrest and trial|
|Sun May 21||Caldas de Reis to Padron||23, 24||Paul before the Sanhedrin; Paul transferred to Caesarea|
|Mon May 22||Padron to Santiago de Compostela||25, 26||Paul’s trials before Felix and Festus; Paul before King Agrippa; Paul freed|
|Tue May 23||Santiago de Compostela||27, 28||Paul’s voyage to Malta and then to Rome; Paul’s preaching in Rome|