Devotees of the Holy Infant Jesus gathered at the Fuente Osmeña Circle in Cebu City at dawn on Thursday to participate in a foot procession, as shown in the video posted on GMA News' Balitang Bisdak Facebook account.
Walk with Jesus, which is the first religious activity that leads up to the Sinulog, is an annual tradition in which devotees and Augustinian friars take the route that is more than a kilometer long Fuente Osmeña, through Osmeña boulevard leading to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño Basilica.
A mass was held at the basilica's Pilgrim Center that will be presided over by Fr. Pacifico Nohara Jr., OSA on Thursday morning, the first of the nine-day novena mass in honor of the Sto. Niño or the Holy Infant Jesus.
The fiesta triduum starts on Jan. 19, Friday and end on the feast day on Jan. 21, 2018.
Earlier, the Augustinian community announced some changes in the annual activities.
For the Traslacion on Jan. 20, Saturday, instead of going straight to the Ouano wharf, the Sto. Niño will be brought to the National Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Regla in Lapu-Lapu City where a mass will be officiated by Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo.
After the mass, the Sto. Niño will be brought to the Navforcen or Naval Forces Central in Lapu-Lapu City where the fluvial along the Mactan Channel will kick off and end in Pier 1 in Cebu City.
The miraculous image will then be returned to basilica where a reenactment of the first mass, baptism, wedding will be conducted at the Pilgrim Center.
In the afternoon, the 7-kilometer foot procession around the main streets of the city will take place.
On Jan. 21 the feast day of the Sto. Niño, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will preside over the first mass of the day at the basilica. — BAP, GMA News