It was magical to be amongst the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims singing “Receive the Power”, and holding candles, creating a sea of glittering light!
SUNDAY, JULY 20 (OFFICIAL WYD!!)
Today was a fantastic day – WYD!! We woke up to a beautiful sunrise and
began the day with morning prayer.
Then the Pope flew over the whole of Randwick, blessing all the pilgrims. Soon after, he landed and drove around the crowds in his Popemobile. My pilgrimage group was lucky to be seated right in front of one of the main barricades when the Pope came past.
The whole racecourse was filled with pilgrims buzzing with excitement
to catch a glimpse of the Pope.
Soon after, Pope Benedict XVI arrived to our section amid cheers, whistles and applause from thousands of pilgrims.
The atmosphere was exhilarating, it was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before.
Then something happened that none of us expected … the Pope
stopped just opposite us and kissed a baby. If the crowds weren’t excited
enough before they definitely were now!
That was a once-in-a-lifetime moment that my group and I were so lucky to have shared.
Soon after, came the highly anticipated event – the Final Mass. It was
The music, the reverence and the splendour of a Papal Mass was just breathtaking. Oh, and I have never seen so many priests, bishops and
cardinals together in one place (let alone at one Mass) in my entire life.
It was so amazing … It gave me a great sense of pride to be a Catholic and to be part of WYD with so many other young people who share the same faith.
At WYD you seem to have an instant bond with everyone you meet. I didn’t
feel afraid to hug or talk to random people from anywhere around the world because everyone was so friendly, happy and genuinely lovely.
Overall WYD has been an absolutely life-changing experience for me. I’ve
made many new friends and formed closer bonds with old ones.
As a young person with faith, I don’t feel so alone having met so many other youth who are religious. I feel more confident in expressing my faith to others and more open to talking about God and my beliefs with friends.
I also feel comfortable enough to sing and dance and shout out my praise of God to everyone.
On a personal level, I’ve grown stronger in my faith and feel refreshed.
I’m including God more in my everyday life and am asking what He
wants from me, and how I can be more like Him.
And finally, I’m thanking God for allowing me to attend WYD. I wouldn’t change that week for anything!!
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