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Duncan on the Camino: Day 27
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Ferrereiros to Airexe de Legonde (26km) The climate is going crazy! Yesterday, there was a record high temperature for Scotland on Easter Monday in Kinlochewe of 24.2 degrees Celsius. Today I have spent the afternoon walking through heavy snow showers in Galicia. The day started so well. After a night of heavy rain, the sun was shining, even if the temperature was down to a cool 8 degrees Celsius. We walked for 9 km before stopping for breakfast

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Duncan on the Camino: Day 26
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A Balsa to Ferreiros (30km) We were up early this morning and walking on the path by 7am. I don’t think I have ever had such clear views of the moon rising on successive mornings,as I have had over Easter weekend. The views of the moon have been stunning. We walked for about 8km before stopping for breakfast. Then it was another 8km into Sarria, another very significant town on the Camino. The shortest Camino walk is the 118km from Sarria to Santiago.

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Duncan on the Camino: Day 25
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O Cebreiro to A Balsa (22km). Absolutely shocked to read of the attacks which have taken place today in Sri Lanka. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families touched by this terrorist attack through the loss of a loved one and with all those who have been injured. It’s hard to understand the mindset of people who are prepared to carry out such senseless acts of violence. It felt very strange to be in a context where there seemed to be no

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Moving on from ‘death-in-life’
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I love this reflection published by the American Quaker and writer Parker J. Palmer.  We reflect today as Christians on the resurrection of Jesus. It brings us hope of life beyond death; but it also brings us enormous hope now.  In all our lives, there are times of darkness, pain, mystery and struggle, and as Christians we are called to choose joy, to choose life, to choose resurrection. To each of us who feels a cloud of hopelessness enveloping

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‘Unimaginable You’

Christian Viewpoint column from  Thursday's issue of  the Highland News, by John Dempster. Chocolate eggs. Easter bunnies. The effigy of Marzanna, wicked witch of winter in Eastern European legend, burned and flung into the Ness recently by members of the local Polish community, enacting a traditional custom. There’s joy when spring comes:  the sun recovers its warmth; dark earth awakens; blues, whites and yellows bloom the gardens; birds remember

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Jesus is alive: Alleluia
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Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Today we have been celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, giving thanks, and rejoicing in its implications for us. We began the day with a service at Dores Beach at 8.30; this was followed by the morning service at the church at 10.30. The Bible passage was Luke’s description (24:1-12) of some of Jesus’ followers finding that the grave where he had been buried was empty – the stone had been rolled away. Helped by

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Duncan on the Camino: Day 24
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Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (30km) What a day of contrasts on the Camino. We left at 7.30am and saw the moon rising over the mountains as we made our way up the valley from Villafranca del Bierzo. The sky was blue and absolutely cloudless, but the depth of the valley meant that conditions remained pretty cool until mid morning,without the suns rays reaching the valley floor. The first 10km didn’t look very promising in terms of an experience

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Duncan on the Camino: Day 23
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Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo (30km) It feels very strange to be experiencing Holy Week ( Semana Santa) in Spain after 25 successive years of celebrating Easter at Hilton Church. I will really miss not being at the Good Friday service this evening and Dores Beach on Sunday. Good Friday for me began at a Basilica in Ponferrada. A moment for quiet contemplation and an opportunity to see a number of scenes which had been constructed to help portray

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Bible passages for Easter Sunday service

Luke 23:55-56 55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 24:1-12 Jesus has risen 24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from

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Duncan on the Camino: Day 22
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Santa Catalina de Somoza to Molinaseca (35km) After over a week on the the plains, we went high into the mountains today. We departed at 6.45am and arrived in Molinaseca at 4.45pm. We covered a distance of 35km, reaching a height of 1600m. The total ascent was 600m and we had a final descent of 900m. It was wonderful to be back into the mountains. Last week, the Pass we crossed was blocked with snow, so we were fortunate to be able to cross. The

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