Celebrate World Youth Day as a Digital Pilgrim!

If you’re not heading to Panama, you are still invited to participate in World Youth Day 2019 by attending a stateside event or following along online with Today’s Catholic Newspaper social media pages.

World Youth Day expands far beyond the physical gathering of the Holy Father that hosts millions of young people from across the world.  World Youth Day is a call to all Catholic youth and young adults to renew their faith in Christ and prepare themselves for the work of the new evangelization that lies ahead. By celebrating with a diocese, parish, a group of young adults, friends, family, or watching it online, this is possible whether they are able to make the trip to the host city or choose to celebrate it in their home diocese.  

All youth and young adults, not just those who have the means to travel to Panama, are invited to participate in World Youth Day, as called by His Holiness Pope Francis. The USCCB encourages dioceses, parishes, campuses, and movements across the United States to host local stateside World Youth Day gatherings for youth and/or young adults.

Official WYD Song “Here I am, Servant of the Lord” 

The official Spanish version of the 2019 World Youth Day song “Hágase en Mí Según Tu Palabra” (May It Be Done to Me According to Your Word). This song was originally composed by Abdiel Jiménez and focuses on the 2019 WYD theme (Lk 1:38). Listen to the official English translation, “Here I am, Servant of the Lord,” adapted by Fr. Rob Galea.

World Youth Day Prayer for the United States

In preparation for World Youth Day 2019 
God our Father, be with us on our pilgrim journey of faith. Give us the grace and courage to step forward in faith and hope on the road ahead. 

Open our eyes to see your face in all those we encounter. Open our ears to hear your voice in those who are often ignored. Open our hearts that we might be faithful disciples of mercy and truth. 

Transform us. Empower us to give of ourselves to the poor; to welcome the lost; to forgive those who hurt us; to comfort those who suffer and are marginalized.  

Bless those who travel from the United States of America to Panamá, to join the universal Church for World Youth Day. Bless, too, those who celebrate stateside, united in faith and joy. 

Like the disciples who journeyed up the mountain to witness the Transfiguration, may this experience be an encounter that strengthens us for our work in the world. 
Through the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our nation, may we be worthy witnesses of our faith, humble representatives of our country,  and inspired missionaries bringing peace, hope, and mercy into our communities.  

We ask all this through Christ Our Lord.  Amen. 

St. José Sánchez del Rio, pray for us. St. Juan Diego, pray for us. Bl. Sor María Romero Meneses, pray for us. St. John Bosco, pray for us. Bl. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, pray for us. St. Martin de Porres, pray for us. St. Rose of Lima, pray for us. 

St. James the Apostle, patron of pilgrim travelers, pray for us. 

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, young faithful witness from our native land, pray for us. 

St. Therese of Lisieux, patroness of missionaries, advocate for youth, pray for us. 

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, patron of young adults, man of the beatitudes, pray for us. 

St. John Paul II, founder and patron of World Youth Day, pray for us.

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