The pilgrimage for Saint-Blaise
Since its construction, the church is a place of pilgrimage. From the XVIth century, people worship Saint-Blaise.
Today, the first Sunday on February, the tradition of this pilgrimage continues yet at Hôpital Saint-Blaise. After the service, a procession is organized around the village with the statue of Saint-Blaise.
The pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela
Among all the apostles, Santiago was one of the closest of the Christ.
He followed his teachings before going to Spain to evangelize the population. When he returned to Jerusalem, he was beheaded by the Romans because of his Christian faith.
Here begins his legend.
Two of his disciples would have found his body and bring it back to Spain. He would have been buried in Galicia, in the northwest of the country. For centuries, the emplacement of his grave has been forgotten until the year 823, when a shining star in the sky allows the discovery of his body.
This emplacement has been called Campo Stellae, the Star’s Field. A basilica has been raised on this emplacement, marking the beginning of a real worship.
In few years, the formidable worship for the saints and theirs relics make the pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela one of the most important of the Christianity.
The pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela attracts every year near 200.000 pilgrims who come from all over the world.
France has four historical routes from Tours, the Puy-en-Velay, Vézelay and Arles.
Nowadays, L'Hôpital Saint-Blaise is on a secondary route called "Route of the Piémont pyrénéen ".
For a few years now, the pilgrims of Compostelle take it, every year more numerous.