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Sharing messages of hope at Easter

Easter is a holy time for the Catholic community, and for the 1000 young people and families who attended the Light to the Nations annual pilgrimage, it was a time to come together to spread messages of hope and joy.

Pilgrims travelled from Perth, Darwin, Cairns, and even as far as Bali, to attend the Easter long weekend celebration organised by the Disciples of Jesus Community.


Held in the town of Bowral, the largest town in the Southern Highlands of NSW, pilgrims camped under the open skies, sharing meals, prayers and excitement.


Highlights included a Mass of the Lord's Supper, which ended with the traditional Gregorian chant, Pange Lingua. On Good Friday, a powerful re-enactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross, and a Tenebrae, an ancient and prayerful chanting of the psalms filled the day. A Marian Procession on Saturday concluded with Taize prayer and the 1000 pilgrims praying the rosary interceding for our nation and for the youth of our nation. 


Marilyn Ng, Light to the Nations coordinator, said the weekend was a great time of reflection for all attendees.


"There aren't too many opportunities for young people in parishes from all over the country to get together, so Light to the Nations was a great way for Catholic youth to come together and grow close to God with each other."


"We're all at a similar point in our lives, so it was a festival of sorts in that we all came coming together for a single purpose. I think people really felt that sense of community."


 "My personal highlight was the Saturday Easter Vigil. Seeing hundreds of candles illuminating the area, and singing the Exultet and proclaiming Jesus' resurrection together jubilantly as a group was a powerful and beautiful moment."


CCI is a proud supporter of Light to the Nations. The next youth event run by the Disciples of Jesus Community is Summer School Evangelisation.




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