VATICAN CITY — Msgr. Guido Marini, the master of papal liturgies, is ready for World Youth Day.
The chief Vatican liturgist has posted on the Vatican website the multilingual missal of prayers Pope Benedict XVI will use Aug. 18-21 in Madrid.
The missal includes descriptions — in Spanish and Italian — of each event and the texts of the prayers to be used at events like the welcoming ceremony and the meeting with the disabled, as well as at the Masses.
The introduction to the missal says, “Young people from every part of the earth, from every ethnic group and culture, will arrive in Madrid because they want to remain solid in the faith, rooted and grounded in Christ.”
The theme, “Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith,” uses “metaphors of the root and of construction to show the depths of union with the Lord, the strength of the bond and the key to its vitality. To be rooted signifies belonging; one who is rooted maintains strong bonds with his or her origins,” the presentation said.
The missal includes the prayers the pope will say at the beginning and end of the Way of the Cross service Aug. 19, but does not include the text of the meditations that were written by Spanish Sisters of the Cross. The description says that in remembering Christ’s suffering, the meditations will remind people of “the suffering and pain that many young people in different parts of the world experience because of war, fratricidal conflicts, persecution because of their faith, marginalization and drug addiction. In addition, the victims of abortion, terrorism and natural catastrophes will be remembered.”
The book also describes the “Celebration of Forgiveness” being held in Madrid’s Retiro Park. It says 200 confessionals will be set up in the park beginning Sunday, Aug. 14, and priests from around the world will hear confessions in dozens of languages. The pope will hear the confessions of a small group of pilgrims Aug. 20.