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WORLD YOUTH DAY 2008
Juventutem Australia: young people devoted to the traditional liturgy
At World Youth Day 2008, there will be many groups of pilgrims contributing to and reflecting the varied facets of our rich church life. However, there will be just one chapter offering people both young and old the opportunity to participate every day in the classical Latin liturgy (the Extraordinary Form, or more ancient use, of the Roman Rite).
Juventutem Australia forms part of an international contingent of young people with a special devotion to the traditional liturgy, which lies at the heart of the cultural richness of Catholic life and culture.
The name 'Juventutem' derives from the prayer at the foot of the altar, Introibo ad altare Dei. Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. (I will go in unto the altar of God. To God who gives joy to my youth.)
Those familiar with the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Mass know the value of Gregorian chant, Latin, the prayers and ceremonies which articulate a rich theology of the Mass and a deep sense of the sacred, and the importance of continuity in the life of the Church. To those who have not yet had the occasion to experience this central part of their Catholic heritage, the Juventutem program is a unique opportunity to receive an outstanding introduction.
This will be the first World Youth Day since the Holy Father's promulgation last year of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which secured the place of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass alongside the familiar Ordinary Form. This year is also the fourth anniversary of the founding of Juventutem, and a fitting time for people all around the world to publicly express their thanks to the Holy Father.
Week One (Days in the Diocese) will start in Melbourne, based at St Aloysius' Church in Caulfield. Our international pilgrims will gather here from New Zealand, France, Switzerland, the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda. What a great opportunity to meet other pilgrims from such diverse cultures, united in their love of the Latin Mass!
We will then travel up to Sydney together to begin our program at St Augustine's, Balmain. We are blessed to have St Augustine's as our church in Sydney: it is close by the harbour and located in one of the most historic parts of Sydney, famous for its cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. We are also ideally located for our pilgrims to attend other WYD events after our program concludes each day.
Through the generosity of the Ecclesia Dei Society, we are delighted to have as our guest from the US, Scott Turkington, who will conduct chant workshops during WYD week. Mr Turkington is acknowledged internationally as one of the great contemporary Gregorian scholars and practitioners of Gregorian Chant. He is also an experienced teacher: beginners to chant will find it easy and fun to develop some basic skills, while more seasoned chant singers can expect to expand their skills.
In the lead up to this exciting week of celebration in Sydney, Juventutem Australia is sponsoring The Enchantment Project, held in Sydney over consecutive Saturdays for those interested in delving into the rich tradition of Chant. This project is aimed at both experienced and new singers. Everyone is welcome! To learn more, go to http://juventutem-australia. com
* Register quickly to avoid missing out on this once in a lifetime event.
* Experience the authenticity of our Catholic culture and faith by becoming a Juventutem pilgrim.
* Greet the Holy Father as he arrives in Sydney this July and come with us to the altar, to the God who gives joy to our youth!
Alice Woolven is a Melbourne-based law student and the national secretary of Juventutem Australia. For more information, see our website above.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 6 (July 2008), p. 8
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