today’s holiday: Reek Sunday

Reek Sunday

In County Mayo, Ireland, thousands of pilgrims climb Croagh Patrick on the last Sunday in July to pray on the spot where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, is believed to have started his ministry. Those wishing to maximize the arduousness of the journey ascend the 2,510-foot mountain, known locally as the Reek, in bare feet and at night. The traditional time to begin the ascent is midnight and the climb takes about three hours. There are stopping points along the way where pilgrims pray before continuing. Many visit the small chapel at the top where masses are celebrated. More… Discuss

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