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Catholic Pilgrimage

How the Virgin Mary Began the Way of the Cross After Jesus' Ascension

May 25, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

According to tradition, towards the end of her life the Blessed Virgin moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). No longer able to retrace the steps of her Son's passion where they actually occurred, she set up an identical Stations of the Cross on her property using stones and markings. This became the first devot[...]

How Holy Week is Celebrated Around the World

Apr 08, 2017 By Veronica Mena

Since we live in an era when customs and traditions have faded and tend to lose their meaning, it's good to remind ourselves that, concluding the spiritual preparation of Lent, Holy Week is the annual commemoration of the Passion of Christ. It's not just another religious tradition. We aren't celebrating the fact that the Son of[...]

Early Christian Iconography in St. Priscilla's "Queen of the Catacombs"

Jan 16, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

Her catacombs, known since the earliest days of Christianity as the "Catacombs of Priscilla" are also referred to as the “Queen of the Catacombs” because such a large number of martyrs and popes were buried there. They extend for eight miles under the city of Rome and contain a significant collection of early Christian iconograp[...]

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The First Marian Apparition in Church History: Our Lady of the Pillar

Oct 12, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

The Mother of God told St. James not to worry, that the people to whom he preached would not only be converted, but they would one day have faith as strong as the pillar on which she stood. She gave the pillar and the statue to St. James and asked that a church be built on the spot in her honor, using the two items for the altar[...]

Way of St. James Rosaries Honoring 1200-Year-Old Pilgrimage Route

Jun 15, 2016 By Genevieve Cunningham
Beautiful Rosaries Commemorating the Way of Saint James

Our prayer life is a continuing journey. Each word uttered to God in the silence of our hearts is a step towards Him. The Way of Saint James is a source of inspiration to us. But Jesus Himself is the True Way, a Way that all of us are called to follow. To pray the rosary is to meditate on the life of Christ. Mary will lead us to[...]

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