I highly recommend waking up for the 7 a.m. pilgrim’s mass, even if you are not religious. The service is lovely with some singing in Latin, and the pilgrims are invited to gather around the statue of St. Jaques to receive a blessing and token gifts. You can also leave a prayer on a slip of paper and take someone else’s with you. The “other languages” box included English, German and Chinese on a cursory glance. I am praying for you, Janet.
Thirty or 40 pilgrims gathered the day I left, and I heard there were 100 the day after. Many took the opportunity to make acquaintances, take pictures and even pair up for the first day of travel.