Our pilgrims will have arrived in Rio early this morning, barring any flight delays. They will head over to the hotel and get settled in, get some lunch, and in the afternoon,they will be talking a walking tour of Copacabana and Ipanema!
As they will not have had a change to check in with us yet, we’ll have to imagine what they might be seeing in the meantime. Hopefully, not too long a line at customs!
In other WYD news, Pope Francis tweeted his wish that those who are not able to join him in Rio may feel one with him in prayer. Our Holy Father will also be arriving in Rio today!
They will close out the day with dinner and Mass.
As we continue to pray alongside our pilgrims, let us get into the spirit of the event by taking a peek at the Official Hymn of WYD Rio 2013:
Hope of the Dawn
Under the shadow, marked forever
With the sign of The Redeemer
On the hilltop, Corcovado
The whole world is filled with His love.
Christ invites us:
Come to me, be my friends
Christ, He sends us
Can you see it, it is springtime
We have the hope of a dawn
Can you hear Him, He is calling
Receive His gift of faith
Can you imagine, if every nation
Every tribe and tongue, this generation
Saying no to war, no to hatred
Love, peace and goodness reigns.
From the East to the West
Our house is open, has no door
Our land has no fences,
There are no limits to our love
We are scattered through the world
But we all keep the very same zeal
It’s your grace that sustains us
And keeps us faithful to You
We hear You, as You say
“Go make disciples, of all nations,
A new people, in unity
Bring their hearts to Me.”
Proclaiming Your gospel
Lives are changed, we’re not the same
A new creation, the old has gone
We know a new world will come.