Started the jubilee of the ignatian way: from
Loyola to Manresa following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius
Started the jubilee of the ignatian way: from Loyola to Manresa following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius
The first Jubilee Year of the Ignatian Way, it has chosen: “Ignatian pilgrim in search of God”. The feast day of St. Ignatius, July 31, will mark the beginning of this first year of the jubilee, which will last until July 31, 2016.
The opening acts will take place in the same Sanctuary of Loyola, and in the Cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa, start and end points of the pilgrimage route, as did St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the society of Jesus, in 1522.
In Manresa, the start of the Jubilee Year will take place on the same day of San Ignacio, on Friday, 31 July at eight in the evening, with a solemn Eucharist presided over by the Abbot of Montserrat, Josep Maria Soler, and concelebrated by the delegate of the Jesuits in Catalonia, Llorenç Puig, the archpriest of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Castillo, the rector of the Cathedral, Monsignor Antoni a Cold, the Top of the Cave of St. Ignatius, Father Lluís Magriñà and the director of the Apostolic Work Ignatian Way Father Jose Luis Iriberri.
Before the Eucharist, they will proceed to the opening of the door of the jubilee. This is the wrought-iron gate and stone from the year 1625, which gave access to the Cave of Saint Ignatius from that year until the early TWENTIETH century, at which time it was replaced. Now, with the recent renovation of the space of the Cave, the door has been restored and has been located at the entrance as visitors arrive at the Cave. It shall be open during the entire year, and the pilgrims will be able to cross as a sign of the jubilee, to start a life of joy and reconciliation. It is a simple gesture but with a deep symbolism in the tradition of jubilees, as by crossing the door, the pilgrim is reconciled with himself, with God and with others. This is why it is especially significant that it is a door which for nearly three centuries was the access to the holy place of the Coveta, where Ignatius prayed during his stay in Manresa.
The start of the Jubilee Year arrives precisely when the Cave debuts a new look after the renovation works that have been done with the aim of returning it to the original austerity, restoring the atmosphere of rock and stone, and respecting the elements of the historical tradition and artistic has been contributing to the Cave.
Around the feast day of St. Ignatius activities organized by the Cave of Saint Ignatius, the city of Manresa, and entities of the city will be held. Between them, on Saturday the 25th of July was held in the Regional Museum the representation of a play written by Xavier Melloni, the Jesuit community of Manresa and during these days will be held, visits, activities and Masses in various Ignatian places.
The Ignatian Way is a proposal for a pilgrimage that commemorates the route that Ignatius of Loyola traveled in 1522 from his home in Loyola, Guipúzcoa, up to Manresa, with the goal of reaching the Holy Land. This route of 700 km, that are driving now various public and private institutions, is offered to all the pilgrims of our time who want to live an experience of personal growth.