Thousands join dawn ‘Walk with Mary’ procession

By: Ador Vincent Mayol January 18,2019 - 07:31 AM

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is joined by thousands of Marian and Sto. Niño devotees during “The Walk with Mary” procession from Fuente Osmena to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. |CDNDigital photo by Tonee Despojo

Cebu City, Philippines – Thousands of Marian and Sto. Niño devotees joined at dawn today, January 18, the penitential “Walk with Mary” from Fuente Osmeña to the centuries-old Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño for the Misa de Traslacion here.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe arrives at the Basilica. |CDNDigital photo Marc Cosep

A smaller image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu, the island’s patroness, was placed on board a flower-decked carroza during the procession.

After a mass at the Basilica, the image of the Sto. Niño was brought from its altar at the Pilgrim Center to a red pickup truck as the people sang “Bato-Balani sa Gugma,” an ancient hymn in honor of the Child Jesus.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was loaded in a separate silver pickup truck.

Both the images of the Sto. Niño and the Our Lady of Guadalupe were then transported to the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City for the Translacion. edb/bjo

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TAGS: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Misa de Traslacion, Our Lady of Guadalupe de Cebu, procession, Sinulog 2019, translacion, Walk with Mary

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