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"Stella Maris"
The use of the name Stella Maris is attributed to St. Jerome, but he called Mary as "Stilla Maris", meaning "a drop of the ocean"; perhaps a copyist mistranscribed the phrase. St. Paschasius Radbertus, French Benedictine abbot and theologian, used this title for Mary in his writing: "Mary Star of the Sea must be followed in faith and morals lest we capsize amidst the storm-tossed waves of the sea. She will illumine us to believe in Christ born of Her for the salvation of the world."
Fatima, Santiago, Covadonga, Garabandal, Loyola and Lourdes
10 Days - Portugal, Spain and France
Itinerary
Day 1: Depart the USA on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Meals will be served on the overnight flight.
Day 2: Welcome to Portugal! After arriving in Lisbon, our Tour Director welcomes us with a beautiful smile and escorts us through the mountainous central region of the Serra de Aire toward Fatima, which was once a remote village of the Moors. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 3: Today marks the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Let us be thankful and celebrate this wonderful invitation from Our Blessed Mother of being able to experience what occurred here many years ago. We will celebrate Mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha), located at the Cova da Iria, pray the Rosary, and witness the Blessing of the Sick, followed by a walking tour. After dinner, we will participate in the Candlelight Procession where pilgrims from around the world unite to pray to Our Lady of the Rosary. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 4: Enjoy a day excursion to Lisbon, we will visit historic sites and enjoy a city tour. We then continue our journey to Santarem, to visit the Church of the Holy Miracle, also called St. Stephen's Church. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 5: Enjoy the scenery as we travel along the coastline to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, one of the three most sacred places in Christendom, ranking equally with Jerusalem and Rome since 812. We will celebrate Mass at the majestic 12th century Basilica which houses the tomb of St. James, the apostle. Hear more about the fascinating history of this medieval town on your walking tour. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 6: After breakfast, we continue our journey through the Picos de Europa mountains of Asturias in northwestern Spain, to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, meaning deep cave or to some "Cavern of the Lady". In the afternoon, we travel to the isolated village of San Sebastian in Garabandal set in the Cantabrian Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Garabandal.
Day 7: We next visit the town called Azpetia, located near Loyola, associated with St. Ignatius, who founded the Jesuits. A huge shrine has been built around the Tower-House in which Inigo de Loyola was born in 1491 and converted in 1521. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Loyola.
Day 8: Travel to Lourdes, France, one of the greatest pilgrimage shrines in the world. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 9: After breakfast, we celebrate Mass and then participate in the walking tour of Lourdes, where the group visits the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 10: We bid farewell to Lourdes as we board our flight back to the USA, arriving later that day.
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