Back in 2009, PBS filmed a documentary feature about the Pilgrimage to Chartres. The article that is featured along with the video summarizes the 3 day journey and gives a brief history of the tradition of the pilgrimage:
“The pilgrimage began in the Middle Ages. Chartres was always an important place and had great meaning in the life of the Christian world in the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages. Joan of Arc made this pilgrimage. Louis XIV, I believe, made the pilgrimage. After Vatican II there were — there was a lot of confusion that developed in Catholic believers’ minds about what they ought to be doing, what they ought not to be doing, whether they were putting too much of an emphasis on particular practices that somehow or other had become outmoded, and as a consequence things like pilgrimages ended up suffering. It resumed precisely due to the concerns of groups that, by this point, were calling themselves traditionalists who wanted to commit themselves to maintaining practices which they felt to be, spiritually, extremely beneficial.”
The video can be viewed on the link below:
To prepare for the Pilgrimage to Chartres, Our Lady of the Rosary chapter has started Novena (nine day prayers) on May 25th and will commence with their departure to France on June 2nd, 2014.
The official 2014 banner for the Pilgrimage to Chartes has been posted on their official website. You can view the site HERE.
For the 2014 Pilgrimage to Chartres our group will be walking for Our Lady of the Rosary. On October 7, 1571 the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, sailed from Messina, Sicily, and met a powerful Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto. Knowing that the Christian forces were at a distinct material disadvantage, the holy pontiff, St. Pope Pius V called for all of Europe to pray the Rosary for victory,and led a rosary procession in Rome.
A great article and the displayed image from Catholic Radio Dramas describes the entire story HERE.
The Pilgrimage to Chartres 2014 is taking place June 6th, 7th and 8th. If you want to walk with the Knights of Malta – American Chapter please contact us HERE!
Chartres…..The City to Explore at the End of the Pilgrimage
After the three day pilgrimage ends you find yourself in the beautiful city of Chartres. Although you just walked the distance in three days, by standard transportation you are looking at roughly an hour by either train or automobile back to Paris. Why head back so soon when there is so much to explore in Chartres, which is referred to as the perfect weekend trip away from Paris. Besides the Chartres Cathedral, explore the other historic sites, museums, parks and other events the city has to offer. For more ideas on places to visit after the pilgrimage, visit http://www.discover-chartres.com/ for some great incite in the places to see.
(Photo Courtesy of Discover-Chartres.com)
Is this your first year on the Pilgrimage to Chartres? Have wanted to experience the pilgrimage but are having second thoughts of experiencing this amazing journey? Enjoy this entertaining and heartfelt description by Dominic de Souza about this first time he made the three day trek to Chartres back in 2005 and what a life changing experience it was for him. Catch his story here!
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Travel and Hotel Information
As a chapter, we are not coordinating group travel or hotel rooms. Instead each pilgrim that wants to walk in our group will be responsible for booking their own flight and making their own hotel arrangements before and after the pilgrimage. Any pilgrim that would like to walk with our chapter will just meet up with us at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris the morning the pilgrimage starts. We welcome any and all that want to participate in the 2014 pilgrimage.
Photo courtesy of MightyTravels.com
The Chartres Cathedral has many distinct features including its historic and beautiful stained glass windows. Of the 176 windows of the cathedral, the majority were originally completed between 1200 and 1235. The picture (courtesy Medievalart.org) you see is from Panel 11 – Four Angels bearing columns supporting the throne of wisdom. For more information on the stained glass of the Chartres Cathedral check out the great feature below from ChartresCathedral.net