Priests from the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses in the country gathered together last February 17, 2022, for a penitential walk or alay lakad for the common good.
“We are doing an “alay-lakad” according to the pious Filipino sense of penitensya. For us Filipinos, doing acts of penitensya or sacrifice is never just for oneself, but always intercessory, that is, in behalf of others and in solidary with others.”
“As a clergy, we shall make this act of sacrifice not only for our personal piety but also for the sake of our people and in communion with our people. Indeed, when we were ordained, we promised to pray unceasingly in order to implore God’s mercy upon the people entrusted to our care,” according to the statement released by the Archdiocese of Manila.
Before the penitential walk, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora (Gomburza) at the Manila Cathedral.
After the Mass, the priests gathered in front of the Metropolitan Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Intramuros and marched towards the GomBurZa memorial marker in Luneta, and then proceeded to the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia in Ermita.
“Ang ginawang Penitential Walk ng mga pari bilang pagunita sa ika-150 anibersaryo ng kabayanihan nina Padre Gomez, Burgos, at Zamora ay paalala sa aming mga pari at sa ating lahat na ang pagiging maka-bayan ay hindi taliwas sa pagiging Kristiyano,” Fr. Reginald Malicdem, Rector of Manila Cathedral told the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications.
“Sa katunayan, ang tunay na maka-Diyos ay nagmamahal at nagmamalasakit sa bayan. Sana kahit papaano ay matularan namin ang tatag ng kanilang pananampalataya at tapang sa paninindigan sa katotohanan,” Fr. Malicdem added.
The penitential walk of the clergy according to Fr. Malicdem who is also the spokesperson of the archdiocese is also a prayer that they offer for the nation to have a peaceful and honest election this coming May.
“Ang Penitential Walk din ay isang panalangin na inaalay namin para sa ating bayan. Hindi lang paglalakad ang naging penitensya. Ang pagbuhos ng ulan at pagkatapos ay pagsikat ng araw ay naging bahagi ng penitensyang ito na buo puso naming iniaalay para sa ating bansa, lalo na sa kritkal na panahong ito na naghahanda tayo para sa halalan,” Fr. Malicdem said.
“Nawa maging maayos, mapayapa, at matapat ang halalan sa Mayo at makapili tayo ng mga pinuno na tunay na maka-Diyos at maka-Pilipinas,” he added.
The last penitential walk of the clergy of Manila was last June 1, 2021, and was called the Day of Prayer and Fasting where they sought God’s mercy and forgiveness as the country faces challenges and tough times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Jheng Prado | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)