Pilgrimage. When pilgrims get to Lourdes they engage in various activities

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Chris Ibekwe – 5Campion



             A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place. The place is usually where events have happened in the past that are relevant or important to what the pilgrim believes in or has faith in.

                People go on pilgrimages for various reasons. These reasons include things like seeking spiritual healing or discipline, increasing their faith; feel closer to God, just to experience what a pilgrimage feels like.

        In places like Lourdes, which is situated in the South of France, many people visit there because they believe that miracles really do occur there. Lourdes came about in a period of six months when a young girl called Bernadette(now a saint) had a number of visions of the Virgin Mary in a grotto near her home in Lourdes. Because of this Lourdes is known as a Marian Shrine. The Pope later declared Lourdes authentic and it was said that spring revealed to Bernadette by the Virgin Mary had miraculous powers capable of healing. This in now why so many people are flocking to Lourdes to seek their own physical healings.

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When pilgrims get to Lourdes they engage in various activities. Most of them visit the grotto(which is where Bernadette saw her visions of Mary) and pray using rosaries and candlelights while they wait and expect a miracle from God.

Some pilgrims visit the pool which is fed by the spring flowing from the grotto area and bathe in this water as an act of faith. Some also drink the water or take some home for sick relatives or friends who could not make it to the pilgrimage along with them.

 They can also participate in religious event like Stations ...

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