[Blueboard] National Youth Cross at the College Chapel

joey mercado joeymercado1770 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 24 11:23:20 PHT 2011

The Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines declared 2011 as the Year of the Youth in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Episcopal Commission on the Youth. Last week, 5000 young people from throughout the country spent their days in prayer, reflection, celebration and activity at 6 festival sites throughout Metro Manila.

As part of the celebration of the Year of the Youth, the National Youth Day cross is making a pilgrimage throughout the country. The Ateneo Christian Life Community (ACLC), Christian Life Community of the Philippines, and Campus Ministry Office will be hosting the cross in the College Chapel Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 November). 

During the 12 noon Eucharistic Celebration on Thursday, the cross will be formally accepted. It will be available in the Chapel for those who wish to see it, pray before it, or to reflect upon the source of hope for our youth and for our nation. 

Then, on Friday at 5 pm in the College Chapel, there will be a short service with adoration followed by a procession of the cross to MVP 1st floor  where it will remain until Saturday morning when the next pilgrimage site will pick it up.

The Cross is made of tanguile wood or Philippine Mahogany. The images and figures on the surface were hand painted; they are youthful in style and color, and the persons are garbed in Filipino attire.
The vertical part of the Cross depicts the scenes of the story of the Road to Emmaus [Lk 24:13-35], a Gospel story which serves as the icon for youth ministry here in the Philippines:
     + The two disheartened disciples meet Jesus, who listens to them
     + Jesus explains the Word of God
     + Jesus leads them in the breaking of the Bread
     + The two disciples return to Jerusalem, afire for the mission
The horizontal part shows fourteen different faces of young people, representing the fourteen regions in Philippine Catholic youth ministry: Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, National Capital, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Central-Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, the five regions in Mindanao-Sulu, i.e. Cabustam, Daditama, Dopim, Kidmaco and Zambasuli, the Military Ordinariate, and the Federation of National Youth Organizations.

We would like to welcome all those interested to spend time at the cross and to join in the adoration and reflection on Friday afternoon.

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