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ACYF concludes with the largest Mass in Australia since World Youth Day 2008
An awe-inspiring three days of joy and celebration of the young Catholic church of Australia has come to a glorious end.. and for many young people perhaps a new beginning.
Throughout the final day of ACYF, the talks, lectures, live music, dancing and opportunities for prayer, reconciliation, and adoration continued.
Then at about midday pilgrims were taken on to a 15km pilgrimage walk which would end at the Domain for the final mass. A sea of bright blue team Melbourne shirts flooded the Olympic Park train station where from here they were brought over to the beginning of their journey. A highlight of the walk allowed pilgrims a very special visit to the tomb of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop where many venerated and offered their prayers.
From here the walk continued on toward the Sydney Harbour Bridge and past the Sydney Opera House. For many young people walking across the iconic Sydney harbor bridge was a first which added to the overall excitement and joy of the final day.
Once Melbourne pilgrims reached the Domain live music and dance was provided by the likes of Genevieve Bryant, Fr Rob Galea, Steve Angrisano, Emily Wilson and the crowd favorite Matt Maher.
Day three of ACYF concluded with the largest Catholic Mass since World Youth Day in 2008. An inspiring 19,000 people were in attendance. A beautiful and quite fitting way to close the Australian Catholic Youth Festival for 2017.
In the homily during the final mass Archbishop Anthony told the crowd “Christ is here for you” and encouraged them to “Say yes to Him” in the same way his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary said yes to Christ.
To conclude the festival, Archbishop Anthony spoke at the lectern and excitingly announced the next ACYF to be held in the Archdiocese of Perth in 2019.
Written by Dexter