Pilgrimages and Local Traditions

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church In Ukraine, the three most important sites - all of them possessing miraculous Marian icons, or copies thereof, and all located near Lviv -are Zarvanytsia, Hoshiv and Univ. In North America, female religious communities in Sloatsburg, New York; Ancaster, Ontario; and Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, all have annual pilgrimages.

Syro-Malabar Church Many of the important pilgrimage sites are associated with Saint Thomas: his grave at Mylapore (Chennai), and the mountain where, according to tradition, he prayed - Malayatoor (near Kaladi), along with six churches founded by him. The most important of the many Marian shrines is at Velankanni (Tamil Nadu).

Maronite Catholic Church The Marian shrine at Harissa, above the bay of Jounieh in Lebanon, is the premiere pilgrimage site (on 15 August), attracting not only Christians but Muslims as well. Saint Sharbel's monastery at Annaya is also a prominent shrine.

Melkite Greek Catholic Church Although the Melkites do not claim any miracle-working icons, pilgrimage sites include Maloula (60 km from Damascus), associated with the Prophet Elias; the basilica of Our Lady of the Waiting at Maghdoshi; a miniature of Hagia Sophia at Harissa; and the famed Monastery of the Holy Saviour near Sidon.

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