Pomeranian Way of St. James

Pomeranian Way of St. James

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  1. Polska  The Municipality of Lębork, Lead Beneficiary
  2. Polska  The Country of Lębork
  3. Polska  The Self-government of Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship
  4. Polska  The Self-government of Pomorskie Voivodeship
  5. Polska  Szczecinska Foundation
  6. Polska  The Pomeranian Regional Tourist Organization
  7. Lithuania  Kretinga District
  8. Deutsch  The Ernst Moritz Arndt university of Greifswald

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Scallop shell of St. James on the Cathedral in Szczecin

Friday, 26 July 2013
Pomeranian Way of St. James

On Thursday, 25th July this year, the scallop shell symbolizing the oldest and most valuable cultural route of Europe was mounted by the northern entrance to the Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle in Szczecin. Ways of St. James represent two trends: the spiritual and cultural one - therefore the ceremony of unveiling the scallop shell, was participated by both clergy and local government representatives.

Symbolic unveiling of the scallop shell was performed by Jarosław Rzepa, Member of the Management Board. The scallop shell had been consecrated by: Andrzej Dzięga - Metropolitan Archbishop of Szczecin-Kamień, Marian Błażej Kruszyłowicz - Senior Bishop and Jan Gałecki - Senior Bishop. The ceremony was participated by residents of Szczecin and exhibitors of the 5th Fair of St. James, which has just started.

In Szczecin though there are more scallop shells symbolizing the ways of St. James: for the route through Załom, Dąbie and Słoneczne has been marked. Characteristic yellow scallop shells with blue background have also appeared at the stalls of exhibitors who may be daily found along the Pomeranian Way of St. James.

The fact that Szczecin and the West Pomeranian region are situated on the route which is a strong European brand surely lays down challenge ahead of the residents and administrators. To make proper use of the chance, meaning of the ways of St. James, their value for past and contemporary Europe should be understood in the right way. May the Pomeranian Camino serve well the residents of our region, giving inspiration to become active as well as the tourists and pilgrims who will go along the way.

The Pomeranian Way of St. James is being reconstructed in the South Baltic Area and is financed with the European Union funds from the South Baltic Programme by partners from Lithuania, Poland and Germany.

Camino enthusiasts and all those who would like to learn a bit more about the ways of St. James are invited to Friday Night in the Cathedral, 26th July at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday 27th July, at 2:00 p.m. the arrival of the group of cyclist who set off for the Pomeranian Way on Monday 22nd July is anticipated, whereas on Sunday 28th July, at 02:20 p.m. a disabled pilgrim is going to talk about going along the route to Santiago de Compostela on a wheelchair. Please join us.

The fair will also include some concerts of regional bands. Saturday will be the day when the contest for best regional meal, grain picnic and some brewing shows will be held. The best bread of the fair will be chosen on Sunday.

Holy Masses said during the fair will include prayers for the victims of Thursday’s railway catastrophe near Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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