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Author(s): Whitney Ellen Huey
During the sixth century, Irish missionaries began to impose pilgrimages as penance for a variety of sins. (See also Penitential Pilgrimage). These pilgrimages often incorporated other penitential practices along the way to destinations such as Rome and Jerusalem. These could either be self-imposed or they could be imposed by the clerics who approved the pilgrimage. Fasting was one of the many forms of penance practiced by pilgrims while on their way to shrines. It also served the purpose of bri…

Freeing of Prisoners

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Author(s): Whitney Ellen Huey
Pilgrims requested a variety of miracles of the saints. These miracles included everything from the healing of various physical and mental ailments (see also Miracles of Healing) to averting physical dangers (see also Miracles of Protection and Miracles of Rescue), including the freeing of prisoners. In such miracles, those imprisoned were miraculously released from their chains or even instantly transported out of their prison cells through the intervention of the saint whom they had petitioned…