Wednesday, July 27, 2011

17 tents to contain Blessed Sacrement during WYD 2011

Pope to continue tradition of ending the Catholic youth gathering with Adoration

Pope Benedict XVI is a no nonsense kind of kind of guy, which might be why during his first World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany he ended the festivities with Eucharistic silence instead of a big, loud musical number. In 2008 in Australia adoration also ended the event.

Adoration Mass at WYD 2002 in Toronto
 "The point is to highlight that the central person of World Youth Day is Jesus Christ, and the Pope is coming to proclaim him," said Madrid co-coordinator of the liturgies Father Javier Cremades.

WYD 2011 in Madrid will also have adoration close out the festivities. The Pope will lead the adoration and Benediction, with adoration and prayer to go throughout the night.

To help with the massive amounts of people congregated on the edges of the Cuatro Vientos military airport, there will be 17 tents erected as chapels.

WYD will not be all silence and prayer though.

"We'll wake the young people with mariachi music," Father Cemades said as a wake up call for the Pope's arrival that day.

Pope Benedict's predecessor Blessed John Paul II was known to take a more energetic approach to World Youth Days. The beloved Holy Father would rally the thousands gathered, making the experience more of a concert like atmosphere.

The current Pope has a reputation for being a bit more subdued, to the point some Catholics are surprised he's as extroverted as he has been during his papacy. This demeanor lead the Pope to be a bit surprised at how ready the young attendees of World Youth Day's of the past were able to contain their energy, remaining in silence before the Lord in adoration.

"These youth days have actually turned out to be a genuine gift for me," the Holy Father said in an interview.

"It was quite simply the common joy of faith that carried us through and that made it possible for hundreds of thousands of people to remain in silence before the sacrament and so to become one."

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