Church Quotes by Philip Yancey
Posted By Stephen Connelly on Sep 24, 0 comments. A pilgrimage is a journey that pilgrims make to a place that is considered holy. To us Catholics, a pilgrimage is more than just traveling to historic sites and viewing religious relics. It is a journey with a deeper and more spiritual meaning. A pilgrimage is not purposeless wandering. It is a journey with a higher purpose and that purpose is to honor God.
It is a journey with a purpose, and that purpose is to honor God. Pilgrimage has a long history in the true religion. Once the temple was built at Jerusalem ca. Similar practices of pilgrimage can be seen in pagan religion, too. When local gods were worshipped, as we see in ancient Greece and Rome, in pre-Colombian Central and South America, in certain areas of ancient Europe, and in the ancient Middle East Palestine, Syria, and Israel , devotees of a particular god would travel to his or her shrine to beg for favors, for forgiveness of wrongdoing, or some other religious motive.
What is the point of a pilgrimage?
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History in general
Throughout the Middle Ages, however, Christians sought to close the distance between themselves and God by engaging in physical travel toward a spiritual goal. Such journeys served a variety of functions: a pilgrim might set out to fulfill a vow, to expiate a crime, to seek a miraculous cure, or simply to deepen his or her faith. None of these purposes is specific to Christian pilgrimage—the idea of the sacred journey is a feature of many religions—yet by the fourth century A. Persons from all walks of life made religious journeys, with far-reaching consequences for society and culture as a whole. This essay concentrates on the impact of pilgrimage on art and architecture in Western Europe from late antiquity through the fifteenth century. The earliest Christian pilgrims wished to see the places where Jesus and the apostles had lived on earth. This meant journeying to the Holy Land, a relatively easy feat in the fourth century, when the Roman empire still unified the Mediterranean world.