Neither blistering heat, aching limbs nor a downpour dampened the fervour of some 150 pilgrims who took part in a barefoot Lenten walk across the island on March 19.
The event, called Crucis Singapura, was organised by the Jesus Youth movement. This was the sixth year in a row that the group has held the spiritual activity to help participants experience a little of Christ’s suffering on His journey to Calvary.
Participants, including families with children, started out from nine different locations, with the earliest group starting at 7 am from Joo Koon. They walked in pairs and converged upon the Church of the Holy Spirit at about 3 pm.
Along the way, they prayed the Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the rosary and interceded for various intentions.
As 2016 was the Year of Mercy, participants also took the opportunity during their pilgrimage to walk through the Holy Doors of the churches that have them.
By 3 pm, almost everyone had reached the Church of the Holy Spirit, weary in body, but indomitable in spirit. After a meal of porridge, it was time for praise and worship, followed by a short prayer and blessing by Fr Frederick Quek, spiritual director of Jesus Youth.
Sharing her experience of the walk, first-time participant Tricia de Payva, said, “With my 16-month old baby in the carrier, I walked from the Church of Divine Mercy. Though it was painful stepping on stones and twigs, I persevered on for the sake of Jesus’ suffering, and found the going much easier during the moments that I was lost in contemplating the Lord’s Passion.”
Ms Anisia Wu shared, “Though it was fine in the morning, by mid-day, the blazing heat was burning my feet. But when I lifted up the pain for certain intentions, the pain became manageable and I sensed God’s presence throughout the walk.”