On June 26, close to 50 youths gathered at the Office for Young People (OYP) at Lorong Low Koon, to begin spiritual preparations for their pilgrimage to South Korea for the sixth Asian Youth Day to be held from Aug 9-18.
The night began with some icebreakers to help pilgrims get to know each other.
After praise and worship, a para-liturgy was held. Pilgrims came forward in pairs, each lighting a candle in front of a cross, signifying the start of this pilgrimage which will take place in the company of fellow pilgrims.
Excitement filled the room as the theme of Asian Youth Day was shared: Asian youths wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines on you!
The theme aimed to help participants remember the roots of their faith, to rediscover faith values that have been lost and to journey together, in the world of today as witnesses with Jesus and the martyrs.
It was a comforting experience for Ms Janice Toh, 22, “knowing for sure that we're in for an experience together”.
The pilgrims have three more spiritual preparation sessions with OYP to before they leave for the pilgrimage.