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Pilgrimage R.E. coursework

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GCSE Coursework - Pilgrimage What is pilgrimage? Pilgrimage is an important part of spiritual life for many Christians. Christians see life itself as a journey, coming from God and returning to God. The pilgrim seeks to separate himself from the everyday concerns of the world, and to spend time in the presence of God as he travels to a place of special meaning. A pilgrimage is a symbol that is acted out. A pilgrimage involves a two-way journey, a journey of the heart towards God through the physical and often uncomfortable journey to a holy place. The pilgrimage is speaking between God and yourself. Pilgrimages were first made to sites connected with the life, birth and crucifixion of Jesus. Surviving descriptions of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land date from the 4th century, when pilgrimage was encouraged by church fathers like Saint Jerome. Pilgrimages also began to be made to Rome and other sites associated with the Apostles, Saints and Christian martyrs, as well as to places where there have been alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Back in the Middle-Ages pilgrimages were very popular. Pilgrimage was long and very dangerous - not at all like a holiday! ...read more.

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* Some are doing penance. * Some are helpers, cooks, drivers, etc., or are accompanying another on her/his pilgrimage. * Some want to be in harmony with the natural world. * Some want the exercise of walking on the hills. * Some are curious or wish to observe. * Some need to get away for a day. * Some are spiritual adventurers, or just like to be on the road. * Some want to calm their minds and find peace. * Some are singers and writers looking for something to sing or write about. * Some are following the "Good Beer Guide". What affects that pilgrimage might have to them? Pilgrimage is bread and wine for the journey. It is hints about where to find guides and friendly spirits and how to survive the encounter with demons and monsters of the deep. Sometimes it's blood-rich meat, sometimes honey, sometimes C rations with a tossed salad on the side. It definitely belongs in the rucksack of pilgrims, adventurers, and those contemplating a heroic journey beyond the outskirts of the Average. Pilgrimage sees life as a journey, as an adventure of discovery; our wide range of articles are united by a fascination with the wonder of the human journey, and a strong desire to more fully understand and celebrate that journey. ...read more.

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More cures followed and the crowds haven't stopped since. Today they come by train, as well as plane and coach, on pilgrimage to Bernadette's grotto. So many are ill they've had to build several hospitals to help care for them while they're here. Lourdes is a strange place. The narrow, windy streets leading to the grotto area are packed with gift shops full of religious rubbish: plastic water bottles in the shape of Mary, pictures of Christ being crucified with eyes that blink, and religious alarm clocks. And he's right, there is a need. Pilgrims crowd 'round the shelves buying the stuff. Maybe the miracle at it sells. But once you get near the grotto, the shops end. The area feels and is sacred. There are now three chapels here and a huge underground basilica where up to 25,000 people can take mass. Afterwards, processions are led from the basilica to the grotto at night by candlelight. It's an impressive sight. The spring water has been put on tap so people can drink and bottle it. They also queue to bathe in it. Seventeen special baths have been built near the grotto. Volunteers lead you in, help you undress, throw a cold wet towel over you to hide your modesty, and then it's a quick chilly dunk. ?? ?? ?? ?? Huiyu sun 10TG 1 ...read more.

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