Organisers have released the score to Our Lady of the Southern Cross, a specially composed hymn to be sung at the Vigil with Pope Benedict at World Youth Day Sydney in July.
The score will allow Australian parishes to rehearse the hymn in preparation for the Evening Vigil at Randwick Racecourse, a WYD media release states.
The Evening Vigil is a key component of the WYD08 week of events with around 225,000 pilgrims expected to gather before the Pope for prayerful worship and spiritual reflection, followed by a "sleep-out" under the stars.
"Our Lady of the Southern Cross is the Marian hymn for World Youth Day 2008 and we hope parishes around the globe will take the time to become familiar with the song over the coming months," said Fr Peter Williams, WYD08 Director of Liturgy.
"The hymn is an original composition and it will be a beautiful and deeply moving moment when hundreds of thousands of voices unite to sing the hymn by candlelight before the Holy Father in July," he said.
The music was composed by Fr Geoffrey Abdallah, Dean of St Maroun’s Maronite Cathedral in Redfern, Sydney. The text was written by Sr Pauline Smith RSM.
WYD08 releases Papal Vigil hymn for Australian parishes (WYD 08, Media Release, 23/4/08)