Pilgrim noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pelerin, pilegrin, from Late Latin pelegrinus, alteration of Latin peregrinus foreigner, from peregrinus, adjective, foreign, from peregri abroad, from per through + agr-, ager land-- Date: 13th century 1. one who journeys in foreign lands ;2. one who travels to a shrine or holy place as a devotee3. capitalized one of the English colonists settling at Plymouth in 1620
For centuries people have made pilgrimages to holy sites, shrines, Churches, and temples. Christians, Jews, and Muslims make regular trips to Jerusalem and other holy sites around the Holy Land. Hindu's bathe in the Ganges river in India, and Elvis fans go to Graceland----couldn't resist that one!
What drives people to spend their time and money on long spiritual journeys? My hunch is that people have a deep sense or longing of spiritual things found in material objects.
Have you been on a pilgrimage?
Where did you go?
What did you experience along the way?
Do you recommend any books about pilgrimages?
Lets share our thoughts about our past pilgrimages as we being our journey to Jerusalem.........
Picture above is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
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