Young people, stand up and bear witness!

“Stand up, I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen!” was the theme for the 36th Diocesan World Youth Day (WYD), celebrated all over the world on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 21, 2021.

Dec 17, 2021

“Stand up, I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen!” was the theme for the 36th Diocesan World Youth Day (WYD), celebrated all over the world on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 21, 2021.

The Malacca Johore Diocese Young People’s Network (MJDYPN) took the opportunity to organise its first Malacca Johore Diocese Young People Day (MJDYPD) during the month of November. This first MJDYPD was held in a hybrid manner with participation online via ZOOM and physically at various parishes and MAJODI Centre, Johor Bahru. Over 200 young people joined in the different programs.

The celebration began on the evening of Nov 5 with an online session on Evangelisation, focusing on the theme of WYD. Eight talks were given, in separate languages and age groups, with speakers from Malacca Johore Diocese (MJD) and other dioceses. Young people were given the chance to share in small groups about what they had heard during the sessions and also to pray the Rosary together in different languages at the end of the night. The session ended with chanting the Salve Regina, led by Fr Alexuchelvam.

Nov 12 saw the second programme on Vocation, conducted in an interview and dialogue style with a host of different invited guests from all walks of life. These were held in their own language groups. Young people had a chance to listen to a priest, a consecrated religious sister, a married couple and a single young adult share and dialogue with one another on their views of vocation, holiness, and discernment in a straightforward and practical manner. The entire session was moderated by a young adult who hosted the event, asking questions and prompting young people to engage with the guest speakers.

Celebration of the word
The climax of this year’s Malacca Johore Diocese Young People Day (MJDYPD) took place with a triduum from November 19-21, culminating with the Solemnity of Christ the King in conjunction with World Youth Day itself. On Nov 19, a Celebration of the Word was held at different parishes with participation online via ZOOM. It consisted of different Scripture readings, psalms, hymns, and prayers focused on the WYD theme. After the homily, participants were asked to share with one another what had struck them and what action they could take after hearing the word of God.

The whole celebration was animated by young people in their own language groups.

In the Church of Holy Spirit in Jasin, Melaka, the Tamil-speaking youth put a cultural slant to their celebration by decorating the sanctuary and honouring the Bible with cultural elements like the kolam, the sprinkling of flowers and the offering of incense in a circular motion.

wFor the English-speaking group, the celebration was held and animated by the young people of the Church of St Louis, Kluang; whereas for the Mandarin-speaking group, the youths of the Church of St Joseph’s Plentong held it in MAJODI Centre.

The Bahasa Malaysia (BM) celebration was held in St Peter’s Church, Melaka, and was animated by the BM-speaking young people from the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Melaka.

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