by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
We Catholics who live outside of Europe do not appreciate the tremendous religious treasure which Catholics have built up in Europe during the last 2000 years: the most visible of which are the sanctuaries and shrines were our ancestors have venerated the Saints and adored the Most Holy Trinity.
On my mission to Spain, I therefore made it a point to begin with a pilgrimage, and first of all, to the Shrine of Saint Michael the Archangel in Excelsis, which is one of the oldest in Iberia.
Here is the history of the place:
The shrine can be found on a high mountain top, NE of Pamplona, just inside the Spanish border, after you enter from France. Here are the videos and photos I took yesterday:
Now I lit 9 candles for the intentions of my readers. You can write your petitions below, numbering them by the number of the Candle. And yes, there is no charge, and you can share the same candle.
Here are some photographs of the interior:
There is a church built behind the small carolingian altar, which I featured in the videos. This is it above.
And there are some banners made by the Catholics of the area, which they carry in procession:
Here is the beautiful processional cross of the Basilica:
Here is the main alter of the Carolingian chapel:
Here is the high alter of the larger Church in which the chapel is found:
And here are the horses which dwell on Saint Michael’s mountain:
There was even a little dog, who was glad to see me:
This morning I am at the Tomb of the Apostle, seeking the counsel of the great Saint James, the Greater, at Compostella, until 11:45 A. M., and Tomorrow I visit the sites where the 5 prayers were revealed during the apparitions of Saint Michael and our Lady at Fatima, Portugal.