Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

DPPL 288: Conclusion

The Church offers a brief conclusion to this long document. As we read these final few paragraphs, is there anything any of you readers have found in these long months of examining the interface between popular piety and liturgy? 288. … Continue reading

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DPPL 287: Conducting a Pilgrimage

Let’s wrap up our long discussion of shrines and pilgrimages. I will relay a family experience. My mother never switched to Catholicism when my siblings and I were baptized. But that didn’t prevent her from organizing pilgrimages for the parish, … Continue reading

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DPPL 286g: The Dimension of Communion and the Pilgrimage

How to put this? … The pilgrim is not alone. Dimension of communion. The pilgrim who journeys to a shrine is in a communion of faith and charity not only with those who accompany him on the “sacred journey” (cf … Continue reading

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DPPL 286f: The Apostolic Dimension of Pilgrimage

Apostolicity is a quality of the Church, not just of the clergy. By going on pilgrimage, the believer imitates Christ, joining with other believers, living and dead. This apostolicity is a natural consequence of the liturgical dimension: Apostolic dimension. The … Continue reading

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DPPL 286e: The Worship Dimension of Pilgrimage

A liturgist appreciates this dimension: Worship dimension. Pilgrimage is essentially an act of worship: a pilgrim goes to a shrine to encounter God, to be in His presence, and to offer Him adoration in worship, and to open his heart … Continue reading

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DPPL 286d: The Festive Dimension of Pilgrimage

In contrast to penance, there is joy, another human response. In addition to leaving our clutter at home, we can also set aside the things that drag us down, that prevent us from being more human, if not more Christ-like. … Continue reading

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DPPL 286c: The Penitential Dimension of Pilgrimage

God offers us mercy on the journey.  If we are wise, we will accept the offer. Penitential dimension. Pilgrimage is also a journey of conversion: in journeying towards a shrine the pilgrim moves from a realization of (her or) his own … Continue reading

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