Christina Lynas, Director of Youth 2000, welcomed Guardians Andrew, Petrit and Michael to the Youth 2000 2015 Annual International Youth Prayer Festival ‘The Promised Land’ taking place from 27th to 31st August 2015.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patron of the Youth 2000 movement and on Saturday, 29 August 2015, for the third year, the Miraculous Relic Image visited the National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham, Norfolk and the Annual Prayer Festival, which is held in fields around the National Shrine of Our Lady. Over 1200 young people from all over the country had gathered for the event.
We met many new faces and old friends whom we had got to know through the National Pilgrimage Tour. The “Youth” interest and desire for understanding in Our Lady of Guadalupe as “Protectress of the Unborn” made this visit very special.
The Miraculous Relic Image was there as a centrepiece for devotion and for a workshop entitled “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of Life”.
Father Gabriel, an American priest from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, supported by Guardian Andrew, led over two sessions the workshop in which the story of the Miracle of Guadalupe was told, and testimony to the Miraculous powers of the Image were recounted. Guardian Andrew explained our work in this country and our mission, which had developed through the National Pilgrimage Tour.
The workshops were well attended and overran due to the number of youth pilgrims wishing to venerate the Miraculous Relic Image. Christina Lynas, Director of Youth 2000, told us that she had been impressed and humbled by the interest and devotion of those attending.
Andrew, on behalf of the Guardians, thanked Father Gabriel for his spiritual direction and the strength of his message.
We are looking forward to being there again in 2016.