Tourists go there to look around, some people follow the lines of the great labyrinth barefooted, and others come to pray Our Lady of the Pillar...
The main three groups of pilgrims in Chartres are:
The Creed is written in the stones and on the stained-glass windows
Its architecture leads the eyes towards the light and the altar...
Upon entering, and strolling through the vaults and the choir, one encounters the works of a chain of people who never signed their masterpieces. The cathedral conveys a humble, sweet spirituality (cf. Saint Fulbert of Chartres).
A Moving Experience
Members of the Chemin Neuf Community celebrate vespers in the transept at 3 o’clock p.m. Csilla Kovac, a Hungarian member, remembers: “Our calling is to pray for the unity of Christians and peace in the world. The very first time that we sang vespers in the cathedral, it was on September 11, 2001!”
The community also breathes life into the local parish, teaches catechism classes and gives retreats, with a desire to combine art and theology. “Through beauty something transcendent can be experienced,” Csilla continues. “It took me quite a while to really discover this place. But to sing, sitting in front of the northern rose window, to contemplate David, Solomon, Saint Anne, the Blessed Virgin Mary... is a moving experience...”
(Excerpt from the Catholic newspaper “La Croix” July 14&15, 2007)
Here, Mary presents her Son everywhere. The entire cathedral is a celebration of the Incarnation.
Mary is depicted 173 times...
The most famous representations of Mary are:
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