Sunday, July 27, 2008

Prayerful Experiences During WYD

One of the most prayerful and unforgettable experiences in Sydney is to visit St. Mary's Cathedral on Wednesday (July 16th). There was an Icon of Our Lady, and we were invited to recite a Prayer of Consecration to Our Lady. I knelt before this beautiful Icon, prayed and consecrated myself to our Blessed Mother. Because of WYD, the body of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was also in the Cathedral. Many of us knelt and prayed before this major relic of the young blessed.

During WYD, we, as a group, strive to keep up our prayer life. Sometimes, I had to celebrate Mass at the school where we were staying late at night or early in morning (i.e. 3:30 am). We usually do Night Prayer as a group before going to bed. In the morning, we would read from the Lives of the Saints and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Each morning I concluded the Morning Prayer by giving the Blessing of Mary Help of Christians. On Friday (July 18th), we participated the Stations of the Cross. It was fun to offer "free blessing" to pilgrims from other countries. Some other priests did that as well, and it kept them quite busy!