What is PILGRIMAGE?
How does it help a believer?
- Helps their search for God, feel closer to him on pilgrimage.
- Awareness of passing away of life on earth, how it is limited. Sense of prioritising.
- Make an effort -> disciplined spiritual life. Taking action. Making a sacrifice (comfort) and offering a prayer.
Connection with figures and events in the faith. SPECIAL HOLINESS 9used and prayed in for centuries). Treated with respect. Some of this rubs off on them during their stay. Belief of 'special blessing' by God to the place. Dwells there in a deeper way than everyday life.
For Christians such places are: Bethlehem; Nazareth; Jerusalem; Rome; Loudres; Santiago de Compostela; Walsingham; Cantebury
'England's Nazareth'. A Middle Ages replica of the Virginia Mary's home in Nazareth built there. 1061, Lady of the Manor had a vision of Virgin's home in Nazareth and was instructed to build a copy. Hard to build, one day it moved 200 yards away and built itself. Popular because the Holy Land was blocked by Muslim conquest therefore people visited it as 'England's Nazareth'. 2 Attractions: Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham and phial said to contain milk from Mary's breasts.
Pilgrims would take their shoes off to walk the last mile to the shrine at the Slipper Chapel (Houghton St Giles). Red Mount Chapel, built to house pilgrims at King's Lynn 1485. Shrine destroyed by protestant mobs, during King Henry 8th reign.
When Rev. A. Hope Patten became vicar in 1921of Little Walsingham. Made a copy of the statue made from image that had survived. Ten years later a copy of the shrine was made. Still has crowds of pilgrims visiting since then. Orthodox have a small chapel. Roman Catholics have a small shrine.
Pilgrim find it restful when they go there and there are claims of healings and thanksgiving plaques.