Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

DPPL 286b: Pilgrimage and Exodus

The Exodus event defined a people of God. God continues to lead us on, despite our resistance and revolt: The exodus event, Israel’s journey towards the promised land, is also reflected in the spirituality of pilgrimage: the pilgrim is well … Continue reading

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DPPL 286a: Eschatology of Pilgrimage

286. Despite change, pilgrimage has maintained the essential traits of its spirituality throughout the ages, down to our own time. And so our tour of pilgrimage history brings us to the present age. DPPL is a significantly long section, which … Continue reading

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DPPL 285: Pilgrimage in Decline and Revival

The DPPL blames Protestants and the Enlightenment. But maybe Trent and other things Catholic were also part of the problem: 285. Pilgrimage declined in the modern period because of changed cultural circumstances, the events surrounding the protestant movement and also … Continue reading

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DPPL 284: A Golden Age for Pilgrims

In order to travel, one must have some means. Perhaps personal wealth. Maybe a certain skill at begging. I know I can’t just run off to another continent, as much as I would like to. 284. The middles ages were … Continue reading

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DPPL 283: Pilgrimages in Late Antiquity

The West has much for which to thank Egeria, that 4th century pilgrim. Jerusalem became a Destination. 283. In the Constantinian era, following the rediscovery of the places associated with the Passion of Our Lord and the of the relics … Continue reading

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DPPL 282: Martyrs Inspire Early Christian Pilgrims

Let’s take a brief look into ancient history: 282. With a few exceptions, pilgrimage did not form part of the cultic life of the Church for the first three centuries of her history: the Church feared contamination from the religious practices of … Continue reading

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DPPL 281: Christian Pilgrimage

God’s people were transformed from conducting a pilgrimage as a devotional exercise to being challenged to make pilgrimage as a way of life. If we are urged to imitate Christ, then we cannot deny we are urged to be pilgrims … Continue reading

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