Prayer for the V Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Jesus
Why follow in the footsteps of St. Teresa of Jesus?
In addition to one of the most remarkable figures of mystical literature, Teresa was a woman ahead of her time. His malicious enemies called "Restless and wandering", did not seem woman "But young and very barbados", for the encouragement, showing determination and energy.
It was a woman fully aware of the events of his time. In his works there are numerous references to the Council of Trent, to clashes with France and Portugal, a las American achievements, the inquisitorial processes and indices of prohibited books, even suffered complaints before the Inquisition.
This figure , make her and her legacy worthy of our attention and interest.
¿What is the legacy of Santa Teresa in your area?
The Segovia was the ninth foundation of the Holy (1574). Here also precious memories are preserved, several of them can be found in the Convento de San José, give some examples: in his handwritten letter Claustra Holy Father Ambrose wrote Mariano de San Benito is the 9 April 1577; in the sacristy an embroidered pall preserved by herself; Also the pillow that had the Holy Mother eleven years in his grave Alba de Tormes and sent those to the Community Mothers of Segovia 1760; primitive around its first foundation in Segovia and contemporary Holy currently held in the cloister of the current Convent; cane or wearing Santa Teresa to move small objects through the bars of the parlor to people who were across.
Segovia was besides by Teresa chosen by several orders who built their churches here, convents and monasteries. Dominicans, Cistercians, Carmelites, jerónimos and Templars Order of Malta, they settled on the banks of river Eresma, as evidenced by the monasteries of San Vicente, Santa Cruz la Real, the Parral, The Carmelites and the Church of the Holy Cross. But Segovia also has numerous churches and convents, all witness to their spiritual and transcendent identity.
Especially significant is the confluence of Teresa and John of the Cross in this city, and the imprint they both left is an extra incentive to visit Segovia.
In Segovia Teresa began writing The Dwellings in 1574, one of his most important works. Again John of the Cross left innumerable memories, in 1580 founded the convent of Discalced Carmelites, and this center wrote most of the letters, a dozen of the total set of thirty-three, which have been preserved until today.
What should we visit within the footprints path Teresa?
The route follows the places related to the passage of Holy by Segovia. At the foot of the Aqueduct begins. Very close to this place was then Meson Oil, where they spent the night Santa and his companions the 18 de marzo de 1574, upon arrival in the city.
Near the Azoguejo, Footwear Carmelite Friars founded a convent in 1603. Even a piece remains reminiscent of the Shoes: on a street frontage of Carmen shield of the Carmelite Order is preserved.
When, at dawn 19 March, Mother Teresa came to occupy the house, he went to town on Calle Real, He transferred the missing Puerta de San Martin and reached the, then called, Street Almuzara and today Marqués del Arco.
In its route is likely to nt Cathedral, which is then constructed, behind, passing by which he had been Jews of the city to 82 years before, path that allows the most restless and curious tourist penetrate a very characteristic urban area. For other preferred we mark the route through the Plaza Mayor, where I ought to stop and enjoy the view from the tower of the Cathedral, who had completed only six years before arrival of Santa and it was, then, the highest in the Kingdom of Castile.
At number 5 Calle Marqués del Arco see the facade of the house where was held the first foundation, which was modified in the seventeenth century but where was preserved, to 1981, lathe original convent.
The current convent is a few meters ahead, next to the Plaza de la Merced, well known to occupy the site of the missing Convent of Mercy friars who both opposed to the arrival of the nuns.
For the most restless and curious tourist, then propose to the old Dominican Monastery of the Holy Cross, so, Holy, very devoted to Santo Domingo, before returning to Avila, as 30 September 1574, I wanted to pray in the cave where the saint retired.
The altar of the Chapel was headed by the image of Christ Crucified Pedro Berruguete. During his long period of prayer, Holy sensed the presence of Jesus Christ and Santo Domingo who spoke to her.
The Saint then went to the little chapel, chaired by the image of Santo Domingo, still preserved there. Then he said to P. Yanguas the picture was a picture of the founder whose features had been fixed perfectly.
Have organized guided tours for pilgrims?
The route Saint Teresa of Jesus in Segovia is offered, reservation and for groups, from 23 March this year and is marketed through the Central Reservation Segovia. Since October, the route is well bid within the program Meet Segovia, and will be part of the usual run of guided tours. You can visit Reservations Segovia to arrange the route and for more information on email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone: 921 46 67 21.
What do you expect the V Centenary of St. Teresa of Jesus?
The heritage and culture of the city of Segovia is certainly wide sandy. The V Centenary of St. Teresa of Jesus we approach it as an exceptional opportunity to publicize and promote the legacy of Santa in our city, is perhaps less known among tourists. This event provides us with new excuses to introduce other aspects and perspectives of this cultural melting pot called Segovia.