What is Holy Pilgrimage: An Orthodox Monk's View
This photo is from the Kirov Oblast, Russia. (photo credit ExtremeCentrePoint.com) Now, that's a pilgrimage! The article below talks about the meaning of "holy pilgrimage":
What is Holy Pilgrimage by Hieroschemamonk Ambrose:
I read the article and I must admit I, I felt somewhat guilty after having gone through the photos of our 2018 pilgrimage: dancing, barbecued pork and lots of cars which took us there. I do believe it is good to remember the penitential aspect of making pilgrimage which is why I am posting this article.
However, in our situation as scattered, isolated Eastern Catholics in the Western United States in the year of Our Lord 2019, I believe we have reason to celebrate and have some fun together. We want our children to have good memories of the annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It is the only time we meet so many like-minded people and we are so hungry for fellowship.
We must pray to find the right balance between penitence and celebration. May this article give you a view from a more penitential point of view.
By the way, a 1000-mile car trip with a baby in diapers and car-seat-confined toddlers, which quite a few of our pilgrim families undertake, certainly has its penitential qualities.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!