Official Colours for Aussie Heart

June 7, 2008

By Michelle Cazzulino

June 07, 2008 12:00am

THEY will adorn the city in colours reminiscent of the Australian Outback, but Sydney Harbour and the Southern Cross will be the “principal decorations” of this year’s World Youth Day.

The Pope’s Master for Liturgical Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, joined Cardinal George Pell and WYD08 coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher to announce the designs behind this year’s festival.

World Youth Day in depth

Unveiling the vibrant red, orange, yellow and blue banners, fencing, billboards and flags, Cardinal Pell said the colours were “recognisably Australian”.

The designs include 2500 banners which will be hung around the city from the end of June.

Among the most spectacular installations will be two “sanctuaries”, or sacred spaces surrounding altars built for the event.

Construction work on the first showpiece sanctuary at Barangaroo, near King St Wharf, will begin in the coming weeks, ahead of Pope Benedict’s arrival on Sydney Harbour in July.

Workers will begin building the second one, at Randwick Racecourse, from June 15 and Bishop Fisher said it would be a large structure, measuring 60m wide and 73m deep.

It will be covered by a 22m-tall roof and will feature a giant cross and a painting of Marjorie’s Bird, depicting the Holy Spirit, by Tiwi Islander artist Marjorie Liddy.

The image will also feature on vestments worn by priests at the event, while Bishop Fisher said he had every confidence Pope Benedict would don “a more elaborate version” when he celebrated Mass on July 20. The event is expected to be up to 500,000.

The Pope and his entourage will reach the altar via an 86m ramp. A tiered seating area will be built for the 500 cardinals and bishops.

Bishop Fisher said WYD08 organisers had thought carefully about the messages behind the colours and designs for the festival.

“The colours of red, orange and yellow flowing throughout symbolise the Holy Trinity and the flames of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,” he said.

“They also bring to mind the colours the Australian Outback. The blue represents the waters of baptism, the sea of humanity and Mary full of grace.

“They also represent the oceans that surround Australia, and the magnificent Sydney Harbour, the location of this great event.”


2 Responses to “Official Colours for Aussie Heart”

  1. kms said

    Father, have you heard anything about this? I can’t seem to find anything else except this one article.

  2. New Irish Latin Mass Blog

    A new blog for an ancient Liturgy. The first few posts are self-explanatory. St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association has been working for the provision of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin since 1995. We’d be very glad if you could (a) post about the new blog and (b) link to it.

    In particular, we’d be glad if you could bring to the attention of your readers the news that there will be a Walking Pilgrimage for Vocations on Saturday, 12th July, 2008, commencing at 11 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, Milltown, County Kildare, Ireland, with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Missal of Blessed John XXIII) for which the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has granted, under the usual conditions, the Plenary Indulgence for the Pauline Holy Year.

    God bless you!

    St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association

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