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Describe a visit to a Christian place of pilgrimage, explaining its importance to believers.

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Describe a visit to a Christian place of pilgrimage, explaining its importance to believers. Iona Iona is a small island on the coast of Scotland. It is only three miles squared, and is near the Island of Mull. The island is a typically beautiful place, with white sand beaches, rare birds and the occasional seal if the season is right. A small village faces the island of mull, which consists of only one street of shops. Further past the village, towards the north stands the rebuilt stone abbey. Inside the abbey you can find a tomb of the Duke of Argyll and the famous green altar for the island of Iona. Surrounding the abbey are many buildings including a chapel, coffee shop, a pottery store and a youth centre. There are also community buildings for the use by the whole island. In and around the abbey a small community exists, which runs local events and welcomes the thousands of visitors and pilgrims each year. It is a Christian community, which plays music and runs worship sessions for the pilgrims and residents alike. ...read more.

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The county rebuilt the abbey and it's surrounding buildings in 1938. As many as twenty thousand pilgrims had began to visit the island even back then every year. People would visit the island to renew their faith and realise that life could exist with God and they could run their lives with the idea of Christianity beside it as the residents in Iona did. The reason so many Christians to Iona is the great difference it makes in their spiritual beliefs many people believe that a visit to Iona made a massive difference to their spiritual lives. They feel that their visit enabled their faith to reach higher levels because they have spent time with a group of people who are all like-minded Christians, who all have the same views. All though some people disagree, the idea of a being with other Christians is an important one, as it erasures people about there faith. Overall a person who visits Iona feels their faith is restored, and begins to know that they can live their life in a Christian and holy way in the outside world. ...read more.

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Many people visit places where Jesus had travelled in his life, to help the bible to come to life. Following the footsteps Jesus took to the cross, and seeing that place where he was horrifically crucified would make the story of the crucifixion come to life, and strengthen peoples faiths and beliefs. A pilgrimage is a good time in which someday could spend a lot of time in prayer and reflection. They can reflect on there lives and how they are running, but also forget there everyday problems and concentrate on deep and thoughtful prayer, and communication worth God. Also knowledge could be deepened and people could help others and care for those in need. Different places of pilgrimage will provoke different reasons for going on an pilgrimage, for example Lourdes will normally receive a lot o visitors who are sick or disabled, where as those who go to the holy land will most likely go to reinact the bible. There are many reason people go on pilgrimages, and the reasons all aid their relationship with God and enable people to live their life in a better way. Jonny Inwood - 1 - ...read more.

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