Haley Takes You On A Pilgrimage.

St. Peter's Basilica
St Peter was crucified upside down in Rome during the first century AD. His remains were interred in a tomb on the Vatican Hill, where the Emperor Constantine later built a church. In the 16th century, this church was then replaced by the current imposing basilica. This is significant to Christians because they are able to comprehend St. Peter's role in Jesus' life. It also houses many significant relics of Christian history such as the earthly remains of hundreds of popes.

Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is a large chapel in the Vatican City. It is renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling painted by Michelangelo, and attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. Michelangelo painted a fresco on the wall behind the altar in the Sistine Chapel called 'The Last Judgement'. It shows the second coming of Christ, as he judges all of mankind. On one side, the blessed people of God are entering heaven while on the other side, the damned are being tortured by demons. The Sistine Chapel is significant to Christians because the chapel is more than an artistic masterpiece; it is a place of crucial religious activity. Since 1492, the chapel has been the site where the College of Cardinals gather to elect a new pope.

Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa is a street known as the street where Jesus walked while carrying His cross through the old city of Jerusalem. This has religious significance because it reminds Christians today of the suffering Jesus had to endure in order for us to receive salvation. People visit this place because it provides an opportunity for Christians to walk the path that saved us all. This may have a spiritual influence on the person taking the pilgrimage there because you may gain fear of God as you may be ashamed for committing the sins you have done.

Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane known for the place where Jesus prayed before getting betrayed by Judas in Jerusalem. This has religious significance because it carries one of the most crucial stories in the Bible that Christians remember every Lent. People want to visit this iconic place as it reminds Christians that Jesus was betrayed by greed and pride, which makes you reflect upon your own sinful actions against the Lord. This may have a spiritual influence on the person taking a pilgrimage there because it reminds them how mankind betrayed their own God through earthly desires, which makes you reflect upon the gap between God and the sinful people on earth.

Chapel of Manger

The chapel of Manger is the exact place Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This has a religious significance because it is the amazing location Jesus, the Messiah was born in. You may want to visit this chapel as it holds history of Jesus' life. You may experience the presence of the Lord and feel connected the roots of the beginning of Christianity. It may have a spiritual influence on the person taking a pilgrimage there because it makes you reflect that Jesus lived on this earth and that He was alive to fulfill the prophecies from the old testament.

Vatican City:

Vatican City stands as a direct and tangible testimony to over 2,000 years of history and to a spiritual venture. Considered as one of the most sacred places on Earth, the city is home to renaissance frescoes, holy relics and tombs of past popes. It is a site where catacombs of people that could easily be traced back to Jesus can be found, such as that of the Apostle Paul. Moreover, the Vatican has also been admired by many because of its iconic Renaissance and Baroque art, which served as an inspiration to many artists during the 16th century.

Jerusalem and Bethlehem:

With a history tied to Jewish, Muslim and Christian roots, Jerusalem holds the privilege of being the world's holiest city. It was known as the city of David in 1010 BCE and was the blessed land where Jesus grew up, started his mission and was crucified. People go on pilgrimage here because it has the true essence of our saviour engraved around every corner of this holy place. Pilgrims are able to see different places in which are the location of the significant events in Jesus' life such as the walk to His crucifixion and the place He was betrayed by his disciple. By seeing the sites where our Messiah chose to put us over his own life is a special moment as we are able to reflect on our relationship with God who saved us from sins.

Bethlehem is a town in Jerusalem where the nativity took place. It was the place where God came down from heaven to be one with His people and to knowingly save them from their own sins. This place was where this sinful world took Jesus as a gift from His father God unworthily. Pilgrims visit this place as a pilgrimage because it creates a lasting impact in your life as you are able to step on the land God has been on. You will be more aware of the humble environment God was born into and will learn to appreciate his sacrifices for us.

A life-changing pilgrimage means undergoing an extraordinary journey to a place that has been sanctified by association with God and His holy people. During this journey, pilgrims commemorate the origins of the Christian faith by visiting places of religious importance, such as those mentioned in the Holy Bible. Since a pilgrimage usually entails some separation from the comforts of one's day-to-day life, pilgrims endure a form of spiritual cleansing. This allows them to evaluate and reflect deeply about themselves and their own lives with the guidance of a spiritual director - a priest or pastor.

By immersing and engaging oneself in the activities, one gains experience on what Jesus and his followers had to go through thousands of years ago. It is during these moments when words written in the holy text come to life and provide the pilgrims a chance to understand their true purpose in the world. They also learn how they could use their lives as an offering to God.Globalization of our economy is here to stay. Let's all get on-board.