Starting in Lyon, the ancient capital of Gaul, this pilgrimage begins in the very beginnings of the Christian era in France (Gaul). Saint Irenaeus, disciple of Saint Polycarp who was himself a disciple of the Apostle Saint John, was the first bishop evangelizer of Lyon. He and his companions strengthened the tenets of the Christian faith beginning to grow in France. Rome at this time dominated the southeast of what is now France and battled against the Christians. Saint Blandina died a martyr devoured by lions.
After a time of prayer at the Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière which proudly overlooks Lyon and after discovering Old Lyon, we will continue our pilgrimage towards the south. We will discover Arles and Orange with its sumptuous theaters form the Roman era, and its evangelizers such as Saint Césaire, Saint Trophime and Saint Eutrope.
Continuing our pilgrimage we will go to Saintes Maries de la Mer, a place of memory of the Marys: Mary Salomé, Mary Jacobé, Saint Mary Magdalene, and of Saint Maximin and Saint Lazarus, who arrived here on the French coast in the 1st century.
Our pilgrimage will end with mass celebrated at the Grotto of Saint Baume.