Year of the Youth 2019
THE OFFICIAL LOGO FOR THE 2019 YEAR OF THE YOUTH
Filipino Youth in Mission:
Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.
The Logo features 4 primary figures: a young person and a cross (both in yellow), a dove (in red), and a big hand, which also appears as a footprint (in blue).
The human figure in yellow stands for YOUNG PEOPLE conformed to Christ, the Light of the world [cf. Mt 5:14; Jn 8:12], who is represented by the CROSS.
The DOVE in red, being received by and hovering over the human figure, signifies the Holy Spirit, offered as a gift [cf. Jn 20:22; Acts 2:38; Rom 5:5] to each of the baptized.
The blue HAND, carrying the human figure in a supporting and presenting gesture, symbolizes how young people are loved by the Father [cf. Dt 1:31; Is 40:11; 41:10; 46:4]; this same love is mirrored by the Church (cf. PCP II, 385; KA-LAKBAY, pp. 35-41).
This blue image can also be seen as a FOOTPRINT, signifying movement for a purpose and making a mark [cf. Mt 28:19-20]. Young people are in mission: proclaiming the Good News who is Christ, especially to their fellow youth in the peripheries.
Filipino youth are beloved by God and His Church, especially through her youth ministry, who raise them up and carry them lovingly through life, with all its trials and tribulations. They are gifted with the Holy Spirit, who inflames them with faith, passion and courage. Rooted in Christ, they are empowered to shine on a world of darkness and confusion, taking part in His Body, the Church, for building God's Reign.
As with the two disciples of Emmaus [cf. Lk 24:13-35], Jesus constantly and faithfully accompanies young people in the journey of life.
We as Church in the Philippines are called to take the same stance with our youth: journeying with them, listening to their doubts and dreams, inviting them to conversion and communion, and raising them up in mission to enlighten and inflame the country with the Spirit of Christ and to tell the world of His love.
Official Song released for the Year of the Youth
The official theme song for the 2019 Year of the Youth has been released.
The song, “One in Mission”, was written and composed by Gino Paulo Buizon of the Archdiocese of Capiz and was released this week by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY).
The song opens: “We are the true stewards of His creation, serving humanity with joy and compassion, creating change amidst our horizon, building a brighter future with youthful passion.”
In keeping with the spirit of the Great Jubilee of 2021, the song is also a motivational anthem with lines “Let the love of God reign in our hearts, shaping the world with the gifts we impart”.
The event with the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered” will start on Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, and will end on Nov. 24, 2019, the Feast of Christ the King.
The celebration is part of the nine-year “spiritual journey” to help prepare Filipino Catholics for 2021, the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.