- Exchanging a benefactor’s alms for a pilgrim’s palms folded in prayer & penance is an intregal part of pilgrimage journey. Since time immemorial pilgrims have depended on the charity of fellow Christians for food, supplies, lodging, transportation — with prayers and penances given in return. Pilgrimage without sponsorship is, traditionally, unknown.
The idea is for pilgrims to beg benefactors to provide them directly with the cash to cover the costs of pilgrimage. In exchange, the pilgrim promises to bring the intentions of his benefactors to the destination shrine in prayer & penance along The Way.
Pilgrims and their sponsors can also use the alms for palms webform to pay the registration fee — which allows the pilgrim to walk without taxing his budget and the sponsor to walk away with a tax deduction.
In that way no soul or family need be turned away from the pilgrimage for want of material means, including a registration fee.