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What is involved in pilgrimage? Illustrate the differing approaches by referring to two or more places of pilgrimage.

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Pilgrimage Marianne Connelly AO1 What is involved in pilgrimage? Illustrate the differing approaches by referring to two or more places of pilgrimage. (16 Marks) A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy land for religious reasons. The idea of pilgrimage is found in most religions of the world and reflects man's natural desire to seek God. There are many different ideas of what a pilgrimage is for example a journey in faith, this is where a person who has faith can go and strengthen their faith. Another idea is a journey of faith; this is a similar to a journey in faith but of faith may be for a person to find faith on the pilgrimage. People may go to seek God as they believe he is present. Many people go on pilgrimages of all ages and cultures. Some people may go to get a better understanding of God, to go for themselves or even for someone else. ...read more.

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(14 marks) Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage in the south of France. A teenage girl named Bernadette seen several images of Mary and found a spring which was found to have healing powers. Millions have visited Lourdes through curiosity and hoping for a miracle. Many have disabilities which doctors cannot cure and believe the water can cure them. It is a symbol of healing and cleansing. Pilgrims can take it home for others who are too ill to visit Lourdes or to use for themselves. Pilgrims also visit the Grotto where Bernadette seen the vision of Mary. There is now a statue there with candles all around, pilgrims light them hoping God will answer there prayers. Many also say the rosary either together as a group or as individuals. Pilgrims can prayer at on of many of the sites in Lourdes. It is very peaceful even though there are many people there. ...read more.

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People come to the Holy Land to strengthen their faith and get abetter image of it in their heads as they see things differently. People get a deeper appreciation of the Gospel stories. People believe they should go on pilgrimage because Christ's sufferings make sense of all human pains. Through his wounds we become free of sin, through his resurrection he led the way for us. People want to live the way God wanted and feel pilgrimage is a good guide. AO3 "Places of pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days. This is bound to reduce the value of the pilgrimage for a Christian." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing you have considered more than one point of view. (10 Marks) Some Christians would agree because there are now many shops in Lourdes and the Holy Land. For example in Lourdes you can buy Holy water, this gives people a sense of healing and purity. Many bring the water home for others who cannot go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes for whatever reason. ...read more.

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