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Explain the part pilgrimage plays in the religious life of Christians. In your answer include reference to the pilgrimages you have mentioned above.

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Question Two Explain the part pilgrimage plays in the religious life of Christians. In your answer include reference to the pilgrimages you have mentioned above. (14 marks 350-525 words) Pilgrimage plays an important part in the life of some Christians. Thos who are lucky enough to go on a pilgrimage during their lifetime would visit places such as Lourdes, or Taiz� in order for them to feel closer to God. Probably the most well known place of pilgrimage is Lourdes, it is well known for its story, which tells us that a poor young girl called Bernadette was collecting wood for a fire when Our Lady appeared to her, she reappeared on a number of occasions and Bernadette was told by Mary to dig in a specific rock where she found a spring, which still runs to this day. ...read more.

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The men who volunteer are given the title 'Brancardier' which is French for stretcher-bearer, these people help to transport the sick from place to place, like taking them from hotel to church, or to the grotto or to processions. The women volunteers take up the task of becoming a handmaid, in the image of Mary. This job involves caring for the sick, which incorporates cleaning, washing and generally helping the sick enjoy their time at Lourdes. By helping others in this way, the pilgrims find that they think about others more when they get home, and they find that their own lives are a blessing. ...read more.

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Taiz� is attracts mainly younger people for some unknown reason. Christians of all different denominations visit Taiz�. It is a very simple lifestyle, where everybody is part of the community. The leader of the community is Brother Roger, who originally set up the place during the war as a shelter for the Jews who were fleeing from the Nazis. The entire place is centred on prayer, and all activities must stop when the bell rings. The way in which prayer, getting in touch with God and community spirit is a centre of both of these places of pilgrimage helps the pilgrims when they return to normal life, as their outlooks on life change. Therefore, pilgrimages are quite important to practicing Christians, but not necessary to them. //? RE - Pilgrimage Coursework Page 2 of 3 ...read more.

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