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There is evidence of pilgrimage in the Old Testament book of king where Elijah goes to pray on Mount Horeb

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Pilgrimage GCSE RE coursework A Pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place for a spiritual motive and an expression of faith. Not only is it a journey to a place it can also be a journey through life to God from birth to death, womb to the tomb or cradle to the grave. Pilgrimage involves lots of travelling whether it is physical travel or the passing of time. There are many different types of people who go on pilgrimage; some of these are needy people, people who are poor or ill, people who are expressing their faith and also people who want to grow in their relationship with God. Pilgrimage used to involve lots of physical challenge, risk and danger but nowadays due to our transport, it is much safer. Pilgrimage used to cost an incredible amount of money and still does for some people nowadays. Pilgrimage is an expression of faith in all major religions. There is evidence of pilgrimage in the Old Testament book of king where Elijah goes to pray on Mount Horeb also when Jesus' family went to Jerusalem. Pilgrimage involves self-sacrifice; one example of this is the archdiocesan youth pilgrimage when young people go on pilgrimage to help sick, elderly and disabled people. ...read more.

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To strengthen their beliefs and relationship with God and also to experience God and Jesus more closely. Many people like Pilgrimage as they are around people that share the same beliefs as them. People may go to thank God, fulfil a promise or to join a religious experience. People may go on Pilgrimage to say sorry to God as an act of penance as they find it easier to do where they feel closer to him. Other people may just go for an experience or solely to find out about Pilgrimage. Overall much is involved in Pilgrimage; cost, Prayer, I could go on forever mentioning them. Some may say there are as many reasons as there are pilgrims!! There are many ways in which Pilgrimage is included in the religious life of a Christian. I have already mentioned that a Christian regards Pilgrimage as a journey to God. This way of understanding Pilgrimage should have a lasting effect on a Christian's life. It will affect many things in their lives including their relationship with others, how they see themselves and others and what they do in their religious life. ...read more.

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Pilgrims will pray the rosary at the grotto where Mary is said to have appeared to Bernadette. Prayer does not have to be vocal- people can be silent before God- silent prayer is also a form of worship. Sacraments play a very important part in the religious life of a Christian and every sacrament can be celebrated when on pilgrimage- in all places of pilgrimage. Sacraments are important to Christians as they are a powerful expression of their beliefs about Gods love for us. Their celebration affects the Christian and their behaviour reveals God's love to others. The celebration of the Eucharist (mass) is a high point of a Christian's prayer life. When Pilgrims go on Pilgrimage to be forgiven they may go to the baths at Lourdes to be symbolically washed clean of their sins. Some times miracles happen where people are cured due to the baths but these are extremely rare. People with terminal illnesses may go on pilgrimage to help them face their death or to die in a place where they feel close to God. People with addictions may go on Pilgrimage so they are free from its influence and are able to begin life again. In these situations pilgrimage has a valuable effect on the person's life and future- This reminds me of the sacrament of Baptism. ...read more.

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