Young people praying and walking barefoot on April 16.

Sixty-five young people walked barefoot through the streets of Singapore before the start of Holy Week to meditate on Christ’s suffering.

The group from Jesus Youth Singapore divided themselves into several smaller groups on April 16 morning. They began their walk from the north, south, east and west corners of the island towards Novena Church, thereby tracing a big sign of the cross across Singapore.

The first group started its journey at 7 am from Joo Koon and walked 22 km towards the church. Nine other groups then started their journey from places like Pasir Ris, Punggol and Harbourfront.

The participants, who included seminarians and children, braved the scorching sun, rain showers and muddy ground as curious onlookers stared at them.

By 3.30 pm all the groups reached Novena Church and were warmly welcomed by Redemptorist Fr Jacob Ong.

Participants said the experience helped them to identify with the sufferings of Jesus more closely.

One participant shared that the tiny gravel on the road were the most painful to his feet. He likened them to little sins that become most painful when ignored.

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