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I am going to describe what a pilgrim would do if they went to Lourdes. I will explain why Lourdes is a Christian place of pilgrimage.

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LOURDES COURSEWORK STATEMENT OF INTENT I am going to describe what a pilgrim would do if they went to Lourdes. I will explain why Lourdes is a Christian place of pilgrimage. Then I will explain the reasons why some Christians choose to make a pilgrimage and the ways in which they may be affected. "There are more important things for Christians to do than go on a pilgrimage." I am going to discuss this issue. I will offer reasons for and against this point of view. Then I will make an evaluation and include my opinion. MY PERSONAL COMMENT For this piece of coursework I will do research on the Internet, in local libraries and also in school. I am interested to find out what pilgrims do and also why the place of pilgrimage became holy. I will also find out the affects and benefits the pilgrimage has on people. I will like to find out why people go on the pilgrimage apart from to be healed. I will do enough research to know mainly everything about Lourdes. a) Describe a visit to a Christian place of pilgrimage. Lourdes is a small village in France. It was rarely ever noticed before it became a place of pilgrimage. Bernadette Soubirous, born in Lourdes 1844, was the girl who captured the hearts of many Christians. The story began when Bernadette and a few others were collecting firewood and Bernadette heard a sudden gust of wind by a cave. ...read more.

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At the end of the procession we were led back and Holy Communion took place. The significance of this is that it brings Christians closer together within the congregation. Everyone watched as the priest blessed the bread and wine, (body and blood of Jesus.) The congregation all took the bread and wine. This is remembering the last supper and Jesus' teaching of "Do this often and remember me." My pilgrimage was not only inspirational but also magnificent. I enjoyed every moment I spent there and will cherish it forever. Overall Lourdes isn't just a place of pilgrimage but also tells the teachings of the Bible. Many go to be spiritually healed and some are physically healed. One person went Lourdes, fell in love with it and couldn't return. Many also find inner peace and feel much calmer about themselves. Christians may feel this is their chance to show their devotion to God because the world is getting worse and as time passes Lourdes is an ideal place for worship. I feel this is important to believers. B i) Why do Christians go on a pilgrimage? Christians go on pilgrimage for many reasons. It isn't vital for any Christian to go on a pilgrimage but there are a lot of important aspects about pilgrimage. Some go to be physically or mentally healed. Other reasons may be to get away from everyday life, get God's help, show their devotion and love to the supreme Lord and to ask for forgiveness for their sins they have committed (penance). ...read more.

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The Bible teaches to spread the word of God and to 'Love thy neighbour.' Again because pilgrimage isn't mentioned in the Bible and the Bible is the guidance of a true Christian life, then there are much more important things than pilgrimage. Also Jesus' teachings are important to Christians and His important teaching was 'Love God and thy neighbour.' Once a Christian does this they have united with God. On the other hand, I disagree with this statement because I think it is important to for a Christian to experience the journey to Lourdes. I think Christians need to see for themselves the miraculous things that occurred in Lourdes. Some Christians get closer to God during pilgrimage and may find it hard to understand the Bible through home meditation, so pilgrimage is an ideal place for worship and could also help Christians to have a better understanding of the Bible. Pilgrimage can give Christians a lot of help. They can gain spiritual benefits from pilgrimage, which you can't anywhere else. Pilgrimage could deepen Christians' faith. Mrs. Taylor had told us "nothing could compare" to her experience she had on her pilgrimage, this tells us that pilgrimage plays an important role in many Christians lives and therefore every Christian should experience it. Overall I think pilgrimage isn't necessary but it has its advantages. It is a personal choice and the person should decide whether or not they think it is necessary to go on a pilgrimage in order to be a good Christian. ...read more.

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