September 30, 2013 9:32 pm
St Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg in County Donegal has been a place of prayer and welcome since the sixth century.
Monastic hospitality and robust prayer in the Irish monastic tradition is offered to those who “make the pilgrimage” in their bare feet, keeping vigil and eating one simple meal for three days during the pilgrimage season.
Pilgrims follow the example of Christ and the apostles who got into the boat and made a journey to a place for prayer, fasting and renewal.
Here the rhythm of prayer in Glendalough, on the Skelligs and at Clonmacnois have been maintained unbroken across the centuries.