Ode au Pardon

Way of St James (Le Chemin de Compostelle, en anglais)

The Way of St James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned;[1] other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Legend holds that St. James‘s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. There are some, however, who claim that the bodily remains at Santiago belong to Priscillian, the fourth-century Galician leader of an ascetic Christian sect, Priscillianism, who was one of the first Christians to be executed.

The Way can take one of any number of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally, as with most pilgrimages, the Way of Saint James began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. However a few of the routes are considered main ones. During the Middle Ages, the route was highly traveled. However, the Black Plague, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe led to its decline. By the 1980s, only a few pilgrims arrived in Santiago annually. Since then however the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the globe. The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO‘s World Heritage Sites.

Whenever St James’s day (25 July) falls on a Sunday, the cathedral declares a Holy or Jubilee Year. Depending on leap years, Holy Years occur in 5, 6 and 11 year intervals. The most recent were 1982, 1993, 1999, 2004, and 2010. The next will be 2021, 2027, and 2032.

Album Le chemin de Compostelle de Paul Baraka

Le succès d’édition peu commun qu’a connu le Guide du chemin de Compostelle édité en DVD (productions du Versant) a sans doute partie liée avec l’univers sonore créé par Paul Baraka.

L’album reprend l’intégralité des 36 thèmes musicaux du guide. Ils portent chacun des titres correspondant aux diverses étapes du parcours du pèlerin : les plaines, une longue marche, prière de nuit, communion avec la nature…

Autant de variations d’une grande richesse mélodique dont les accents tour à tour contemplatifs, engagés, oniriques, visionnaires dégagent une émotion saisissante.

L’écoute révèle des trésors d’imagination et présente l’immensité de l’univers et l’expression de foi intense des pèlerins engagés dans ce corps à corps avec la nature.

Vers 810, à l’extrémité occidentale de la péninsule ibérique, un tombeau est identifié comme celui de l’apôtre Jacques, disciple de Jésus.

De cette mystérieuse découverte à aujourd’hui le pèlerinage a traversé l’histoire, la religion, les politiques et les vies des millions de personnes qui on parcouru le chemin.

LE CHEMIN DE COMPOSTELLE est le compagnon sonore vers notre chemin intérieur. Le chemin de notre vie n’est pas une ligne droite mais un parcours vers le pardon. Un voyage inoubliable vers soi.

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