No one would deny that Christian pilgrimage is an essential part of spiritual life for many Christians. You may consider your life as a journey, coming from God and merging back to God. A pilgrim wish to separate himself from his or her daily concerns of the world, and spend valuable time in the presence of God by traveling to a holy place which has a special spiritual significance. You’ll be enthralled to know that Christian pilgrimage was made to some holy sites connected with the ministry of Jesus.
Surviving accounts of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the Holy Land date from the 4th century, when pilgrimage was inspired and encouraged by church fathers. For the most part, pilgrimages began to be made to Rome and some other sacred sites which are associated with saints and Christian martyrs.
If you think about the past and the Middle Ages, pilgrimages were quite popular. They used to travel in groups and were accustomed to stay in monasteries or inns overnight. In the past, people used to go on pilgrimages for several reasons. Some considered it for penance whereas some just wanted God to heal them. Today also, you see many going for Christian pilgrimages in a group with varied reasons.
Christian pilgrims are blessed by paying meaningful visits to sacred places mentioned in the Bible - whether they are some sites related to Old Testament role players, and places where Jesus lived and worked, and the Apostles went to assert the Good News. Whatever it is, there were deep faith and reverence for God without which pilgrimages were not possible.
There are many Old Testament sites that can provide interesting insights in God's dealings with His people prior to the arrival of His Son, Jesus. Pilgrims can find out these holy sites at Mount Sinai, Hebron, Jerusalem, Jericho, Megiddo, and more sacred places in Israel. If you explore the internet, you’ll also come across many such holy places where you may consider going for your pilgrimage.
People hold different opinions and have diverse choices and when it comes to going on spiritual tours, they also have different likes and dislikes regarding the places to visit. So, how people decide where they should to go on pilgrimage is somewhat a personal thing. With the course of the time, some places have become more special for certain reasons and Christians decide to visit these sacred places to become closer to God in these places.
If you are Christian with deep faith in God and reverence to Him, then you may intend to pay such sacred visits to some of the holy places available these days. You can make a planning for such religious tour or pilgrimage and deepen your faith in Christianity and develop your love for God. Just make a list of sites and places that you intend to visit and find the right tour operator to make your dream of Christian pilgrimage come true. You can also find some like-minded group of people who are interested in the same and start your journey in the company of the people for whom pilgrimage is so crucial.