Départ du 73ème Pèlerinage des Étudiants à Chartres
publié le 25/03/2008 dans 2008

The samedi 30 mars 2008 à 7h30

Samedi 30 mars 2008 à 7h30

Près de 2000 étudiants étaient rassemblés dans la nef de la cathédrale au petit matin pour cette célébration du départ du Pèlerinage des Étudiants à Chartres.

 

 

 

 

Les chemins vers Chartres, les 29 et 30 mars prochains, nous conduiront à la découverte jamais achevée de la Miséricorde de Dieu. Huit jours après la nuit de Pâques, alors que nous serons encore au coeur de célébration de la Résurrection de Jésus, nous pourrons mieux voir, sentir et goûter à quel point Dieu aime chacun d’entre nous. Et que cet amour nous appelle à ne pas nous résoudre à aimer à moitié. Ces deux jours de marche et de fraternité, de prière et de partage, de fête et de célébration, sont ouverts à tous : baptisé de longue date ou curieux du christianisme, habitué des rassemblements ou nouveau-venu, tu es attendu à ce moment fort de la vie étudiante en Île-de-France auquel les évêques de notre région vous invitent tous à participer !

Father Benoist of Sinety

 

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The pilgrimage of the students to Chartres

Since 1935, the student pilgrimage of Chartres is one of the most essential events of the academic year for many students in the Paris region.

It takes place every year in the spring, and brings together from 2500 to 3500 walkers (recent years) around a well-developed formula and a renewed theme. These weekend pilgrims come from the Catholic chaplainies of the universities, major schools, movements, parishes of the Ile de France.

Traditionnellement, et après un envoi commun le samedi aux aurores dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, ces étudiants-pèlerins cheminent vers Chartres au sein d’une « Route » (groupe de 150 à 500 jeunes) sur un itinéraire particulier. Au sein d’une « route « , chaque étudiant participe à un « chapître », groupe de réflexion et de partage plus restreint.

All the roads converge to the Cathedral of Chartres on Sunday afternoon, where a mass of closing and dispatch is celebrated, before the return to Paris.

 

The story begins on June 14, 1912, when Charles Péguy undertook the pilgrimage of Chartres following a vow made the previous summer at the bedside of his sick son. After the poet's death in 1914, some of his friends borrowed his itinerary to remember.

In 1935, a handful of students from the Sorbonne decided to walk to Chartres as a result of Péguy. The following year, the student pilgrimage was born: more structured, it lasts three days and welcomes a hundred pilgrims. It continues to grow and persists despite the war; in 1945, it gathers 4 000 marchers!

From the liberation in the middle of the years 1960, the student pilgrimage has a solid and regular success: the Chartres Cathedral becoming too small to accommodate all the pilgrims, it comes to split the mass of closing, then the whole pilgrimage. One in four Parisian students participates. At the same time, the pilgrimage retains its original brand: organized primarily by the students, it is the place of a lively liturgical reflection that foreshadowed the evolution of the Council.

With the middle of the years 1960 a period of difficulties opens: between the reception of Vatican Council II and the events of 1968, the atmosphere is often agitated, sometimes tumultuous. In the "mass" universities like Nanterre, Christians have a growing evil to make a place and to find themselves. The number of pilgrims begins a long phase of decline; the two pilgrimages are gathered together.

With the years 1990, the formula is renewed and the whole "student generation" of the Parisian region is invited to participate. In 1996, the presence of the cross of world youth days marks the participants and in 1997, the pilgrimage inaugurates the last straight line to WYD held in Paris. In 2000, it was the first of three stages proposed to the young people of Ile de France for their Jubilee approach. Now bringing together a regular number of pilgrims between 2500 and 3500, it remains the unifying rendezvous of the different Christian student communities.

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