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What is involved in pilgrimage? Describe the differing, approaches to pilgrimage by referring to two or more places of pilgrimage. There are many reasons why Christians go on pilgrimages. For many people pilgrimages play a very important role on their life and they find it very helpful to their development. Many people go to places like Lourdes and Lough Derg every year, and claim it changes their life and makes them closer to God through the activities they undertake there. Many organizations are set up to take disable children to Lourdes and help them, one organization is HCPT, it is the largest children's pilgrimage in the U.K and it was set up almost fifty years ago and is still running today. HCPT is a group which goes to Lourdes once a year with hundreds of children with volunteering adults to help them. ...read more.


One of the main focal points at Lourdes is the grotto, it is claimed to have 'special healing powers.' The focal point of the pilgrimage is the Grotto itself. Here people make visits and find great peace, consolation and healing. Each pilgrim becomes lost in his or her prayerful thoughts, while at the same time, being mindful of the suffering of others all around. It is here we especially remember the people back home who had asked us to pray for them. Lough Derg has a very different approach to pilgrimage. It is an excellent example of the physical journey. Lough Derg is an island off the coast off southern Ireland it is also known as the St Patrick's Purgatory. The pilgrimage at Lough Derg is seen as a type of penance. ...read more.


Then they start to realize how lucky they are and really appreciate the small amount of food they actually get. You have to be over 16 to go on the Lough Derg pilgrimage. When you are at Lough Derg on your journey, you are expected to carry the rosary round with you and say 2400 prayers. Lough Derg is different to Lourdes in the way that you have to be 16 to go there and you can go to Lourdes as a child. Also sick people go to Lourdes to be healed whereas this is not an aspect of Lough Derg. The two pilgrimage destinations are similar because when people have finished their pilgrimage they really feel that they have achieved something. After a pilgrimage to Lough Derg people would be more thankful for the luxuries that they have in everyday life. 686 words Callum Quigley 10B Mr. Fahey ...read more.

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