PÍLAGRÍMSFERÐ TIL GÁSADALS
sunnudagin 27. mai
PILGRIMAGE TO GÁSADALUR
Sunday, 27th. May
Parishioners, Jon and Janus, organised the
pilgrimage to Gásadalur. Here, Sr. Cecilia and Janus are seen making the
medieval tent which would be used during Mass.
To begin, Fr. Paul gave a small talk,
reminding us that we are all pilgrims on Earth and that this journey would be a
meditation on the meaning of our lives as pilgrims.
About 65 people participated in the pilgrimage,
including many families and friends from other
The farmer from Gásadalur led the group through the
mountain valley. We were told by the organizers that the pilgrimage route was a
short and an easy walk. That was debatable!
It was definitely enjoyable: good weather and good
Our first prayer stop: Jon explains the history of
"Kyrjarheygg", site of a pre-reformation Catholic chapel. People came here
to seek the intercession of St. Thorlak.
They also sought God´s mercy, singing the
Greek words, "Kyrie eleison" (Lord, have mercy) which rang out through the
valley again that day as the pilgrims sang together.
The Sunday Eucharist was celebrated outdoors
at "Bønhusfløtt", Gásadalur. It is the site of a pre-reformation Catholic
church, the foundations of which have been located under the soil.
An icon of St. Thorlak hung to the right of the
tent. Some of his relics are located in the wall of the cathedral in Kirkjubøur.
After Mass, participants enjoyed a picnic
supper together, some of which was provided for by a parishioner and
prepared by members of Jon´s family.
Many, many thanks to all who made this pilgrimage
possible and to all who turned up and participated!