TWENTYNINTH ANNUAL LENTEN WALKING PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE
March 27, 2017
Every year, on the appointed night, the devout gather at the Cross in Cross Maidan, South Mumbai for the Annual Lenten Walking Pilgrimage that culminates at Mount Mary’s Basilica, Bandra. No matter the age, or even sometimes the handicap, the regulars and newcomers join in this penitential pilgrimage – a peaceful, prayerful witness to faith.
His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, blessed and flagged off the pilgrims, inviting them, in this season of Lent, to reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord. With minds and hearts on Jesus, this walk would be like the Way of the Cross for his followers. Just as he walked all night to reach Calvary at dawn, the pilgrims, too, were making a sacrifice to walk all night in prayer. His Eminence requested them to keep an intention in mind and pray for it; he exhorted them to think of the sick and pray for others because God is generous and provides abundantly.
The Cardinal also thanked the Organising Team, the Police and the Press.
The opening prayer was led by Fr. Epiphany Castell, Parish Priest of the Church of Our Lady of Dolours, Sonapur followed by a reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians and prayers for the departed souls.
At 11 pm, the people set out on their way led accompanied by four floats – a beautifully decorated statue of Our Lady, the icon of Our Lady of Sorrows, Jesus carrying the Cross and St. Joseph – and reached Mount Mary’s at 5.19 am to attend the Mass celebrated by Bishop Bosco Penha.
For the many who would but could not be there, we are sure their prayers also supported the pilgrims: our feet are willing Lord; help us, too, to walk sincerely in your ways.
Archdiocese of Bombay
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