WYD Vigil - “the silence that speaks”
|Fr Fernando and pilgrims at the WYD Vigil.|
From St Monica’s North Parramatta Parish Priest and
Pilgrim Way WYD Pilgrimage leader, Fr Fernando Montano
Our Pilgrim Way group stayed at the World Youth Day Vigil in Cuatro Vientos. The group was split into two groups, because the second part of the group couldn’t get in. The area was already packed when we arrived and we decided to stay in the outside area with the thousands upon thousands of pilgrims who like us wanted to spend the Vigil in pray with the Holy Father.
During the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, a strong wind and rain put our faith to the test. We managed to get some plastic bags, umbrellas and, most importantly, good spirits to get us through the bad weather. A newspaper reported that the Holy Father was asked if he wanted to go due to the bad weather but he replied that if the pilgrims stayed, he would stay with them.
When the storm passed, he reminded the pilgrims that the hardships they faced that night were a sign of the hardships they are willing to face for Christ and in a moving comment, he prayed to God that just like the rain fell on the pilgrims so the graces of God also be with them.
The storm and the rain damaged the host for consecration and many of the pilgrims could not receive communion at Cuatro Vientos.
What many newspapers reported was the incredible silence during the Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament. Some newspapers described it as “the silence that speaks”. A very moving experience.
Our little group in Cuatro Vientos spend most of the time enjoying the drums and chants and excellent environment in expectation of the final Mass with the Holy Father. Even when we couldn’t get the final coupon for our meals, we managed to get some hot dogs, chips and plenty of water, that became our dinner, breakfast and lunch.
Definitely an experience that I will remember for ever!
|Bunking down at the Vigil.|
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