On Saturday, 4 May, some 40 pilgrims set off on the 31km walk from the Divine Mercy Parish in Walkerville to the Maronite Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Mulbarton. After taking only three rest stops along the way, the group arrived at the Shrine, tired yet filled with joy, 10 minutes ahead of schedule.
Maria Henriques and Trevor Feder provided music ministry with their guitars and pilgrims took turns leading the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and choosing hymns. Arriving at their final rest stop near Rand Water, the pilgrims knelt on the grass of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
The final leg of 5km, though the most difficult for those walking, was also the most joyful. Innocent Denhere led with the Crucifix, followed by Tears Nkosi and Kabelo Ramela with the banner. The group found a way, during this Year of Faith, to make a public profession of the Credo,” as Pope Benedict XVI called all Catholics to do in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei.”
As the pilgrims entered the gates of Our Lady of Lebanon, parish priest Fr Maurice Chidiac welcome them. The pilgrims sang their hearts out to Our Lady before offering a prayer of thanksgiving.
A pilgrimage from Our Lady of Lebanon to Divine Mercy Parish will be held on Saturday, 5 October in honour of St. Faustina Kowalska, the great apostle of Divine Mercy.
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