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Describe a visit to a Christian place of pilgrimage

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Lourdes The main place of Pilgrimage in Lourdes is the "Grotto of the Apparitions" so if you are going on a Pilgrimage you should go there. This is known as the Massabielle Grotto. This is where Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to Bernadette on eighteen occasions. Also many alleged miraculous healings took place here. The 150th Jubilee of the first apparition took place on February the 11th 2008 with an outdoor mass attended by approximately 45,000 pilgrims. Lourdes takes in about 5,000,000 pilgrims and tourists every season. When pilgrims visit the Grotto they might wash and drink the water there because it is allegedly can cure illnesses and is the instruction of Our Lady of Lourdes to "drink at the spring and wash in it". Pilgrims can go to a large open space in front of the grotto to pray or to attend ceremonies. In the pilgrimage season from 6 in the morning until 9.30 at night Holy mass is celebrated in various languages. On a pilgrimage you may also visit the shrine which is made up of 5 basilicas. The main attraction here is the Basilica of the Rosary which is a place of worship; this was built in the 1880's to replace the chapel that stood there before on the site of the apparitions of "Our Lady of Lourdes". ...read more.

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A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place so many people will go to feel the holiness of the place and therefore feel closer to God for doing this or another relic, for example many people will go to Lourdes because they believe that the Virgin Mary did appear to Bernadette and they want to visit the same place where they believe she has been because this will make them feel closer to her and therefore make their faith seem stronger. A pilgrimage also brings you closer to God because you are in a new place and things can become clearer. If a pilgrim does think that in a place of pilgrimage they are closer to God, they may go to a place of pilgrimage to seek God's forgiveness (penance) because journeying to a sacred place shows devotion. It also shows God they are truly sorry for the sins they have committed. In Lourdes many people have claimed when they drank form the water there or bathed in it that they were healed of their disease or illness. All of these claims of miracles have been thoroughly checked and the evidence does suggest some healing powers, therefore some people may go on pilgrimages to ask and hopefully receive God's help, for a relative or for them to be cured for illness and some may also see this as God clearing them of all their sins. ...read more.

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This can make you a better person and bring you closer to God through such a selfless act. This will therefore increase your faith. One of the reasons to go on a Pilgrimage is to get change of scenery to increase your faith, however some people may argue that this could be done better if you go to a country in poverty for example Malawi and help out there by building schools or churches for the children there, people could argue this is a better way to spend your time. However you could disagree with this statement because a pilgrimage is very important to a person's faith and they feel that they need to go on one also because it will bring them closer to God and if they have done this they can be a better person and help people. They also many feel they must go on a pilgrimage to repent their sins and fell that just doing this in a church is not enough. A Pilgrimage also shows devotion which some people may say cannot be shown otherwise. It is therefore very important for Christians to do. A Pilgrimage will show love and respect to God and is therefore important. In conclusion I do agree with this statement because I think the pros outweigh the cons and I believe you can show commitment to God without going on a pilgrimage. ...read more.

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