They walked barefoot from the north, south, east and west corners of Singapore to reach Marymount Centre, thereby tracing a sign of the cross on the island.
The April 12 event was organised by Jesus Youth Singapore, and had 123 participants walking a total of 1,132.2 km barefoot.
Titled Crucis Singapura and in its fourth year now, the event had participants contemplating the Way of the Cross through the streets of Singapore, focusing on self-purification through suffering during the Lenten season.
Participants were divided into small groups based on the route distance that they were covering, with the longest route of 21.6 km starting from Joo Koon MRT, and the shortest route being 3.3 km starting from Newton
The first group of people started their journey at 7am from Joo Koon MRT, followed by 12 other groups from different places such as Pasir Ris, Punggol and Harbourfront.
All groups eventually reached Marymount Centre around 4 pm and the event concluded with a praise and worship session, as well as a final blessing by Redemptorist Fr George Puthenpura.
Mr Michael Chen, 21, a first-time participant from Church of St Francis of Assisi said, “I didn’t think I could do it but with the Lord’s help, I managed to walk barefooted from Joo Koon to Marymount Centre.
“We felt gravel and stones under our feet and they hurt us, but we remembered that this was nothing in comparison to what Jesus felt leading up to His death. Prayer can help us. During this walk, I learned that praying can help immensely in times of difficulty.”