Pilgrimage and Lent 2022

These resources are available for use in churches and as individuals as we continue to reflect on this Season of Pilgrimage

  • A Lent Course for the Diocese of Edinburgh – these six week sessions centre around a different place of pilgrimage in or near our diocese. We think about the place, and then use Scripture to reflect on our own pilgrimages – both physical and spiritual.
  • A course from CTBI which offers seven weeks of exploration and reflection on pilgrimage
  • What about reading Bunyon’s Pilgrim’s Progress and discussing that in Lent. There are some good modern editions available, for example this one edited by Rhona Pipe

Or use films to open discussion, for example:

The Way: Starring Martin Sheen and Directed by Emilio Estevez. A Filmax Production. 123 mins duration.A Hollywood production that gives a reasonably accurate picture of walking el camino, albeit with four main ‘larger than life’ characters. The blurb on the DVD cover says: “Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by his real life son Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees while walking. The Camino de Santiago, or ‘The Way of St James’. Driven by a profound sadness, and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his old life in California behind. Armed with his son’s backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates his journey along the 800km pilgrimage, but soon meets others from around the world, all looking for greater meaning in their lives.”

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. An Umbrella Entertainment Production. Directed by Ldia Smith. 54 minutes duration.This is more a fly-on-the-wall documentary following six people walking el Camino Frances, so no big names stars in this film.The blurb on the DVD cover says, ‘Walking the Camino’ captures the trials and tribulations of six modern-day adventurers equipped with only a backpack, a pair of boot and an open mind on the epic 500-mile pilgrimage along Spain’s 1200 year-old Camino de Santiago.  A journey renowned for its enlightening, spiritually nourishing and physically challenging rewards, the six pilgrims must learn to cope with blisters, exhaustion, loneliness and self-doubt in order to triumph over the fears and prejudices that have become roadblocks in their own lives. Transcending corporeal concerns and celebrating the ‘hero within’, ‘Walking the Camino’ is a captivating insight into the human condition and explores what motivates people to step up and do extraordinary things.”

This Website has a number of films to help people in advance of walking the Camino. You might find there a number that suit your situation, including I’ll Push You – A Wheelchair Camino, and Phil’s Camino – a film about walking the camino without leaving your home.