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Pilgrim Year of Preparation- August 2015

 
Digital image of The Transfiguration courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program


6 – Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration is the guiding image of the World Youth Day pilgrimage, which is truly a mountaintop experience where we are transformed and inspired for mission. Read a homily from St. John Paul II about the Transfiguration, or Pope Francis' Angelus address to pilgrims after WYD Rio, where he mentions the Transfiguration.

6 – St. John Paul II issues message for WYD Cologne 

On this day in 2004, St. John Paul II released a message to remind young people to spiritually prepare for their journey ahead. Like Moses at the end of his life, the Holy Father would not make it to the Promised Land with the young people, as he died in April of the following year. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, would accompany the pilgrims to Cologne. On this day, pray for our elders and those who share great wisdom with us for our pilgrim journey in life.

8 – Feast of St. Mary MacKillop

One of the patrons of WYD Sydney (2008). Read about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's devotion to her HERE.

9 – Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

One of the patrons of WYD Cologne (2005). Read about the saintly life of  this Jewish convert who was a martyr during World War II HERE.

10-15 – Anniversary WYD Czestochowa (1991)

You received a spirit of sonship. (Rom. 8:16). Check out the Vatican Archives of this worldwide celebration HERE.

stations of the cross world youth day madrid 2011 cns paul haring montage

10-15 – Anniversary of WYD Denver (1993)

I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10); during these days, pray for World Youth Day alumni from the United States since 1984, especially those who participated in WYD Denver.  Check out the Vatican Archives for this worldwide celebration HERE.

11 – Feast of St. Philomena

Young early Christian martyr, died at age 13. Check out the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena HERE.

12 – United Nations International Day for Youth

Begun in 1985, the International Day for Youth celebrates the young people of the world; this movement inspired St. John Paul II to continue an annual celebration of youth and young adults in the Roman Catholic Church. Read about the details of this international day HERE.

12 – Feast of St. Isidore Bakanja 

One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Read an Apostolic Exhortation from St. John Paul II about the Church in Africa, where he mentions this saint from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

14 – Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Polish Conventional Franciscan friar and martyr who sacrificed his life for a stranger during the Holocaust in the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. Read an article from Catholic News Agency about his martyrdom, and how it relates to the definition of martyrdom in the Church.

15 – Solemnity of the Assumption

 The Blessed Mother was assumed, body and soul, to become the Queen of Heaven. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave an insightful homily on this solemnity in 2011.

15 – Feast of St. Stanislaus Kostka

Patron of Jesuit novices, young students, Poland, and broken bones. Learn about him in light of his Ignatian spirituality HERE.

15-20 –Anniversary of WYD Santiago (1989)

I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.

15-20 –Anniversary of WYD Rome (2000)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.

16-21 –Anniversary of WYD Cologne (2005)

We have come to worship him. (Matt. 2:2). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.Preparing for World Youth Day  in Madrid, Spain, 11-2010.  CNS photo/Paul Haring.

16-21 –Anniversary of WYD Madrid (2011)

Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the faith. (Col. 2:7). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.

17 – Feast of St. Hyacinth

Twelfth-thirteenth century Polish saint, read his short biography from Catholic News Agency.

19-24 –Anniversary of WYD Paris (1997)

Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see. (John 1:38-39). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.

23 – Feast of St. Rose of Lima

One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's homily, given in 2007 at her shrine in Lima, discusses this great saint.

26 – Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa

One of the patrons of WYD Czestochowa (1991) and patroness of Poland; each year, pilgrims depart Warsaw for a nine-day, 140-mile trek to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. When he was a young student during World War II, St. John Paul II made this pilgrimage trek in secret as to avoid Nazi suspicion.  Read St. John Paul II's prayer at her shrine from June 4th, 1997.

31 – Feast of St. Raymond Nonnatus

One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Read Catholic News Agency's article on this thirteenth century saint.



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