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Spiritual traveling - Modern pilgrimage in an ancient pilgrimage site on Station Island, Ireland.
St Patrick's Purgatory is an ancient pilgrimage site on Station Island in Lough Derg., Ireland. The monastery on Saints Island offered hospitality to pilgrims, who would visit in a spirit of penance and prayer. It also served as a place where pilgrims could prepare themselves for visiting the Purgatory. It continues even today, after almost fifteen-hundred years. there is a three-day pilgrimage open to pilgrims of all religions. Pilgrims, who should begin fasting at the previous midnight, getting a boat ride from the shore to Station Island. Once on the island they are assigned a dormitory room, and barefoot they begin a specified and almost continuous cycle of prayer and liturgies. Each day on the island the pilgrims have one simple meal of dry toast, oatcakes and black tea. On the third morning they are ferried back to the mainland, where they will continue their fast until midnight.
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