The Chartres pilgrimge is a very ancient French pilgrimage. Traditionally the pilgrims came to venerate the relics of Our Lady. The Society of Saint Pius X organizes this pilgrimage on an international level for more than 25 years. Every year several thousand traditional pilgrims gather and walk the distance of 115 km.
Chartres is a relatively small town in France, about 50 miles southwest of Paris. Although it has been the seat of a bishop since the 4th century, it is famous for its medieval cathedral, one of the most stunning in Europe. Since the Middle Ages, it has been a popular pilgrimage site, especially due to its possession of the Sancta Camisa, the tunic Our Lady wore when Jesus was born.
The Society of St. Pius X
Starting in 1989, the SSPX has organized a three-day walking pilgrimage, beginning in Chartres and ending in Paris. Since the pilgrimage is always timed with the Feast of Pentecost, the dates this year are June 3-5. As Fr. Patrick Rutledge, a former pilgrimage chaplain, says:
The walk from Chartres to Paris is much more than walking. It is a time for meditation, for singing, for confession and spiritual direction and a time for friendship. It is the final cause, the goal, that helps one step lead to another, but there is also ample time for reflection and for grace to do its work. It is like a retreat on foot.
Every year a topic is chosen and a spiritual handbook distributed which helps the pilgrims to meditate and pray all along their way from Chartres to Paris. The topic for the year 2017 is: "The Immaculate Heart, our place of Refuge!"
For more information visit the website of Pèlerinages de Tradition