I went to mass today!! You should be impressed because I am. Now, I am entitled to go because it is the daily pilgrim’s mass, celebrating the completion of pilgrimages to Santiago de compostela. The cathedral was packed with lots of people standing. I saw familiar faces but there were lots there who did not Go anywhere near the Camino. Before the mass, they asked that no photo during the mass. We were all good until the incense thing starts to swing. It is the silvery looking thing suspended in front of the clergy. It took at least 4 to operate the ropes and I thought that it may hit the ceiling at one point. Very impressive indeed. I am sure it is on YouTube if you are interested.
The swining of the incense is part of the mass. However, in Santiago, it also acted to cover up the stench from the pilgrims of yesteryears. They did not have the benefit of hot water and showers. That made me had a moment of self reflection. There are certain things that are very difficult to wash. I am thinking of my boots. After 4 days of soaking in Galician mud, they smell. I certainly hope that the incense covered up that stench. I even try to wash them today as they were squeaking wet already. I am sad to say that it did not help. I probably have to ditch them when I find suitable replacement or I may be refused entry to Canada.