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       Pilgrimages - And, Why a Pilgrimage?    Link
       Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland Archdiocese    Link
       St. James Cathedral, Baker Diocese    Link
       St. James Cathedral, Boise Diocese    Link
       Portland Groto Monastery, Chapel and Meditation Grounds    Link
       Order of The Most Holy Savior, The Brigittine Monks, Amity, Oregon    Link
       Olympia Shrine Of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help    Link

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    St. James Cathedral, Portland, OR


 See   Saint James Cathedral of Seattle Washington - A Place of Solitude, Peace, and Prayer - A Pilgrimage to a very special Shrine

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 1716 NW Davis St., Portland, OR 97209 Phone: 503-228-4397

The Cathedral:
Visit the Grotto's Monastery, Chapel and Meditation Grounds. This is a special place where most people who have visited have found the peace and solitude of these gardens and shrines to be an uplifting and comforting experience. It is a place of prayer where the moments of quiet retreat you enjoy are a source of enduring comfort. Many people who visit find a sense of the presence of God more clearly here and are anxious to share their experience with others after leaving. God has a continuing way of blessing you and your loved ones with peace and joy when you have experienced Portland's The Groto.

This is The 'National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother' established in 1924 to honor and give thanks to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Our Lord. The Grotto is maintained through the love of 'The Order of The Servants of Mary (Servites).' The Order was founded over 750 years ago in Florence, Italy.
NE 85th Avenue & Sandy Boulevard; Portland, OR; Telephone: (503) 254-7371.


    Pilgrimages - And, Why a Pilgrimage?


Why a Pilgrimage? The pilgrim and the journey known as a pilgrimage was, from earliest times, a unique expression of the Israelites worship of the One God. The annual religious feasts of the early Hebrews were often celebrated in the context of elaborate pilgrimages to Jerusalem. In the Gospel of Luke, we see how even the Holy Family participated in a yearly pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to observe the feast of Passover as was prescribed by Jewish custom. "Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom" (Luke 2:41,42). In much the same way, Christians during the first few centuries after Jesusí death and resurrection journeyed from Europe and other parts of the globe to the sacred sites of the Holy Land. Eager to grow in their understanding of Jesus and identify with His early life, our Christian ancestors frequently set out from their homelands for the places made holy by Jesus when He walked the villages and towns along the Sea of Galilee. Since that time and throughout the spread of Christianity, Christians have been on the move, traveling the world over to experience first-hand the ordinary places made extraordinary by the presence of God. They claim these sacred places as their own, no longer belonging solely to the secular order, but to all people whose faith has made them a part of the events which occurred in them.


Originating from the Latin Peregrines, the term pilgrim evokes the one wandering in search of a deeper reality; one determined to discover a more profound truth about the events and circumstances which define human existence. The Christian pilgrim proclaims to the rest of humanity that what the world offers is not sufficient to satisfy all of human longing. It is necessary to look elsewhere, even if it takes us far from home. The very act of a pilgrimage reaffirms that indeed, we are in the world but not of it. "We have here no lasting city" (Heb. 13:14). And so, the pilgrim and the journey of a pilgrimage points us in the right direction. Within the confines of time and space, a pilgrimage enables us to realize that in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, we are capable of also finding God, if only we venture to seek Him out. "Everyone sojourning in the flesh is passing through this earth to a mysterious state of future bliss .... the Pilgrimís progress is toward no earthly destination." Thus, a pilgrimage may be defined as a journey made to some place with the purpose of venerating it, or in order to seek supernatural aid, or to discharge some religious obligation.


In the many Marian shrines, the Holy Father states, "not only individuals or local groups, but sometimes whole nations and societies, even whole continents, seek to meet the Mother of the Lord, the one who is blessed because she believed, is the first among believers and therefore became the Mother of Emmanuel" This is the message of the Land of Palestine, the spiritual homeland of all Christians because it was the homeland of the Savior of the world and of His Mother. This is the message of the many churches in Rome and throughout the world which have been raised up in the course of the centuries by the faith of Christians. This is the message of centers like Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima and the others situated in the various countries.

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    St. James Cathedral, Baker, OR


 See   Our Land Of Lourdes Cathedral of Baker Oregon - A Place of Solitude, Peace, and Prayer - A Pilgrimage to a very special Shrine

The Baker Cathedral:
Visit the Grotto's Monastery, Chapel and Meditation Grounds. This is a special place where most people who have visited have found the peace and solitude of these gardens and shrines to be an uplifting and comforting experience. It is a place of prayer where the moments of quiet retreat you enjoy are a source of enduring comfort. Many people who visit find a sense of the presence of God more clearly here and are anxious to share their experience with others after leaving. God has a continuing way of blessing you and your loved ones with peace and joy when you have experienced Portland's The Groto.

This is The 'National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother' established in 1924 to honor and give thanks to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Our Lord. The Grotto is maintained through the love of 'The Order of The Servants of Mary (Servites).' The Order was founded over 750 years ago in Florence, Italy.
NE 85th Avenue & Sandy Boulevard; Portland, OR; Telephone: (503) 254-7371.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey Secluded in the forested hills near Layfayette, Oregon, the Trappist monks of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey live in a place of silence, natural beauty, meditation and prayer. OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE TRAPPIST ABBEY'S HISTORY Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey is a monastery of Cistercian (Trappist) monks who are devoted to a life of contempation in a cloistered atmosphere. Their day is balanced by prayer, work, spiritual study, and refection. The Abbey began in April, 1948 at Pecos, New Mexico, as a foundation made by the Community at Valley Falls, Rhode Island. In March 1955 the monks, not finding farming sufficiently yeilding at that high altitude, sold the property to the Benedictine monks and moved the site to Oregon. The title "Our Lady of Guadalupe" commemorating Mary's apparitions at Tepeyac, near Mexico City, in 1531, was chosen because of the Mexican influence in the Southwest, but was gladly brought along to the Northwest. Wineries, orchards, farms and forests make up the environment in this region. This is where we attempt to do God's work, with a daily regimen of work and prayer. Trappist monks are direct sucessors of the ancient Benedictine monasticism which came into being in Italy around the year 530 A.D. Our particular version of this monastic life stems from the monastery of Citeaux in Burgundy, France, founded in 1098 by St. Robert of Molesme. We seek to follow Christ in community, living in an atmosphere of fraternal love, prayer, patience and quiet joy. For centuries our monastic order has lived out the ideal of self-sufficiency as maintained in the Rule of St. Benedict: "He is truly a monk who lives by the work of his own hands." http://www.trappistabbey.org/index2.html Benedictine Sisters Queen of Angels Monastery 840 S. Main Street Mt. Angel, Oregon 97362 (503) 845-6141 Queen of Angels Monastery is located in the heart of Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. This is the kind of place where miracles happen. As you drive past fields of wheat, mint, and hops, past orchards of apples and groves of hazelnuts, past a sea of iris and tulips, you realize that everything grows miraculously well in this amazing place. Our beautiful and historic Monastery, built in 1887, recently underwent a $6 million renovation. Towering trees, flower and vegetable gardens, and orchards spread over our 40 acre grounds. Such natural beauty is a daily reminder of our God and our relationship with all of creation.

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    THE GROTTO, Portland, OR


The Groto - A Place of Solitude, Peace, and Prayer:
Visit the Grotto's Monastery, Chapel and Meditation Grounds. This is a special place where most people who have visited have found the peace and solitude of these gardens and shrines to be an uplifting and comforting experience. It is a place of prayer where the moments of quiet retreat you enjoy are a source of enduring comfort. Many people who visit find a sense of the presence of God more clearly here and are anxious to share their experience with others after leaving. God has a continuing way of blessing you and your loved ones with peace and joy when you have experienced Portland's The Groto.

This is The 'National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother' established in 1924 to honor and give thanks to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Our Lord. The Grotto is maintained through the love of 'The Order of The Servants of Mary (Servites).' The Order was founded over 750 years ago in Florence, Italy.
NE 85th Avenue & Sandy Boulevard; Portland, OR; Telephone: (503) 254-7371.


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    SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY, Mossyrock, WA


The Cross Of Christ At The Shrine of Divine Mercy: Visit the Cross of Christ and Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Mossyrock, Washington. A path goes to the top of the hill with permanent Stations of the Cross along the way. On special occasions Holy Mass is held at the foot of the cross to celebrate "The Triumph of the Cross" with The Sister Missionaries of the Fatima Rosary, who are stationed in Centralia, Washington.
Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Telephone: (360) 983-3783.


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    SHRINE OF THE DIVINE MERCY - Location Map:


       Open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Telephone: (360) 983-3783.

Pope John Paul II tells us that all Christians are invited to become part of the great pilgrimage that Christ, the Church and mankind have made and must continue to make in history. The Church teaches us that through shrines, the means of salvation are provided more abundantly to the faithful.


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    A PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - Olympia, Washington


      Take a Pilgrimage to a very special Shrine the only on of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located east of Olympia, Washington on the Yelm Highway (see map below).
Byzantine Catholic Bishop George Kuzma of the Eparchy (diocese) of Van Nuys, in full communion with the Roman Pontiff, Pope John Paul II, has officially directed St. George Byzantine Catholic Church, located between Olympia and Yelm, to establish a Marian Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, with an Annual Pilgrimage. Bishop George designated this church and shrine as an official Pilgrimage Site: thus, all the graces of Pilgrimage are available to the faithful. This is the first shrine and pilgrimage site in Washington State to offer a place of pilgrimage to Catholics of the area as well as expected visitors from around the world. The Shrine will also bear witness in the Pacific Northwest to the Gospel of Life with conferences and evangelization events.


Why a Pilgrimage?
The pilgrim and the journey known as a pilgrimage was, from earliest times, a unique expression of the Israelites worship of the One God. The annual religious feasts of the early Hebrews were often celebrated in the context of elaborate pilgrimages to Jerusalem. In the Gospel of Luke, we see how even the Holy Family participated in a yearly pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to observe the feast of Passover as was prescribed by Jewish custom. "Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom" (Luke 2:41,42). In much the same way, Christians during the first few centuries after Jesusí death and resurrection journeyed from Europe and other parts of the globe to the sacred sites of the Holy Land. Eager to grow in their understanding of Jesus and identify with His early life, our Christian ancestors frequently set out from their homelands for the places made holy by Jesus when He walked the villages and towns along the Sea of Galilee. Since that time and throughout the spread of Christianity, Christians have been on the move, traveling the world over to experience first-hand the ordinary places made extraordinary by the presence of God. They claim these sacred places as their own, no longer belonging solely to the secular order, but to all people whose faith has made them a part of the events which occurred in them.

Why a shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary?
The Virgin Mary is the living shrine of the Word of God, the Ark of the New and Eternal Covenant. In fact, Saint Lukeís account of the Annunciation of the angel to Mary nicely incorporates the images of the tent of meeting with God in Sinai and of the Temple of Zion. Just as the cloud covered the people of God marching in the desert (cf. Nm 10:34; Dt 33:12; Ps 91:4) and just as the same cloud, as a sign of the divine mystery present in the midst of Israel, hovered over the Ark of the Covenant (cf. Ex 40:3 5), so now the shadow of the Most High envelops and penetrates the tabernacle of the new covenant that is the womb of Mary (cf. Lk 1:35). Indeed, Luke the evangelist subtly links the words of the angel to the song that the prophet Zephaniah raises to the presence of God in Zion. To Mary, the angel says: Rejoice, you who are filled with Gods grace! The Lord is with you! Mary, do not be afraid... You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son... (Lk 1:28-31). To Zion, the prophet says: Rejoice, exult with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem! ... The Lord is king among you, Israel, you have nothing more to fear... Zion, have no fear... the Lord your God is there with you, the warrior-Savior. (Zeph 3:1 4-I 7). In the "womb" of the daughter of Zion, symbol of Jerusalem, site of the temple, the presence of God is made manifest.


As St. Ambrose tells us:
"Mary was the temple of God, not the God of the temple; hence only he who was at work in the temple is to be adored." For this reason, "the Church, throughout her life, maintains with the Mother of God a link which embraces, in the saving mystery, the past, the present and the future, and venerates her as the spiritual mother of humanity and the advocate of grace," as is shown by the presence of numerous Marian shrines all over the world, which constitute an authentic "missionary Magnificat".

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    Our Lady Perpetual Help - THEOTOKION


      The image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is perhaps the oldest actual image of the Blessed Virgin herself. According to legend, St. Luke painted a picture of Our Lady while she was still living in Jerusalem. When she saw the beautiful picture of herself holding the Child Jesus in her arms, she blessed both the artist and his work proclaiming, "My grace will accompany this picture." The passage of centuries has proven that Mary did not forget this promise. So numerous were the miracles and favors granted by means of this picture that Pope Innocent III in 1207 stated that Maryís soul seemed to have entered into this picture since it was so beautiful and so miraculous. When St. Luke completed the image, legend tells us he gave it to his personal friend and patron, Theophilus.
In the middle of the Fifth Century, St. Pulcheria erected a shrine in its honor in Constantinople. The picture remained there for a thousand years where it was venerated by countless Christians - kings and emperors, saints and sinners, rich and poor; and where it was the source of many miracles. The original picture is believed to have perished during the siege of Constantinople in 1453 but many copies that existed at that time have been preserved to this day. The spirit and miraculous power of the image still live in the present day image. Mary still lives among us, anticipating needs, saving, ministering, mothering - leading us along the way to heaven.

The Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is an authentic expression of Byzantine art from ancient times. The gold background represents the Kingdom of God and the gold shining through the clothing reflects the joy and glory of the Kingdom. The icon invites us to become sharers in this glory. The persons portrayed are: the Mother of God, Jesus Christ, the Archangel Michael, and the Archangel Gabriel. Maryís head is tilted with maternal affection toward the Christ child on her left arm. Maryís eyes are not fixed on her Child or on the instruments of the Passion which the two angels hold out to Christ. Rather, she gazes toward those who are looking at the picture. With eyes and attitude of sorrow and love she invites all to place their confidence in her. The Christ Child has the appearance of a teacher or master. In His mother, he finds the greatest comfort and tenderness. In His haste to run into her protective arms, He almost loses one of His tiny sandals thereby signifying to us that we should hasten to seek her loving assistance in our troubles. Christís fingers hold his Motherís right hand, yet they rest quite loosely there. In this lies another lesson. Though Mary is His Mother, He is our God. To Him she owes all her graces. The image inspires the onlooker to exclaim: "Surely, this is the Son of God and His glorious Mother."


THEOTOKION - Our Lady of Perpetual Help
O gentle protectress of Christians, unfailing mediatrix before the Creator, do not despise the prayerful voices of sinners, but in your goodness hasten to assist us trustfully cry out to you: "Inspire us to prayer, and hasten to hear our supplication. O Mother of God, intercede always in behalf of those who honor you."


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    LADY PERPETUAL HELP SHRINE - Location Map


       Well, it might not be a bad idea to start with the newest Shrine in North America. A Shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is being built in the Pacific Northwest. Pope John Paul tells us that all Christians are invited to become part of the great pilgrimage that Christ, the Church and mankind have made and must continue to make in history. The Church teaches us that through shrines, the means of salvation are provided more abundantly to the faithful. Shrines are thus like milestones that guide the journey of the children of God on earth. In a shrine, you and your family can reconnect with Our Lord by reliving the adventure of our Christian ancestors in seeking out the places in which the Lord has made Himself known. If you are planning a vacation to the Northwest, include a visit to the Shrine as a way of enriching yours and your childrenís faith and appreciation for our Christian ancestry.

In the many Marian shrines, the Holy Father states, "not only individuals or local groups, but sometimes whole nations and societies, even whole continents, seek to meet the Mother of the Lord, the one who is blessed because she believed, is the first among believers and therefore became the Mother of Emmanuel" This is the message of the Land of Palestine, the spiritual homeland of all Christians because it was the homeland of the Savior of the world and of His Mother. This is the message of the many churches in Rome and throughout the world which have been raised up in the course of the centuries by the faith of Christians. This is the message of centers like Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima and the others situated in the various countries, and it is the message of this first shrine of its type in the Pacific Northwest.
St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is in full communion with the Roman Pontiff, Pope John Paul II, and invites all Catholics to come to share the Light of the East! Visitors to weekend or daily Divine Liturgies (Masses), services, and devotions are always welcome.











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