More than 100 Catholics walked through the streets of Singapore barefoot praying the Stations of the Cross, the rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet and other prayers.
The March 23 “Crucis Singapura” prayer walk was the third such event held in the last three years by Jesus Youth.
The participants, aged 18-40, some with kids in tow, prayed for Singapore, the archdiocese and their own spiritual needs.
They began their walk from 13 different starting points, such as Joo Koon, Boon Lay, Pasir Ris and Newton MRT Stations, and ended their journey at Novena Church. Some started their walk as early as 7 am.
Participants had to cover considerable distances. The walk from Joo Koon to Novena was 21.8 km, while the journey from Pasir Ris MRT to Novena was about 16.4 km. The latter took participants through the Tampines, Bedok Reservoir, Kaki Bukit, Balestier and Moulmein areas.
Ms Fionne Grace Lai, who walked 11.5 kilometres from Bedok to Novena, said the weather that day was extremely hot. Despite feeling her feet burning, Ms Lai said, “It is nothing compared to what Jesus went through.”
She said she sees the walk as a sacrifice and offered up all the pain and discomfort she felt for her prayer intentions.
Ms Sanit Sabu who walked from Joo Koon to Novena with nine others in small groups said she thought the walk would be “simple”. The initial stage wasn’t difficult, she recounted, but she later started to feel tired and thirsty and felt her legs “burning”.
However, the group kept their spirits up through prayer, and made a quick stop at a church along the way for prayer and adoration.
Jesus was with them during the whole time, said Ms Sabu. If He hadn’t, they would not have been able to complete their journey. It was all due to “God’s grace and blessing”, she said.
Some groups also got drenched during the last stages of their walk as some rain fell later in the day.
Jesus Youth which originated in Kerala, India, “is an international Catholic youth movement with a charismatic spirituality” according to the group’s Singapore website (http://singapore.jesusyouth.org/). The movement comprises networks of “small”, “vibrant groups of young people”.
By Darren Boon