World Youth Day 2023

Prayer on the 23rd of Each Month

Leading up to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, the organizers of the event have asked young adults to set aside sometime on the 23rd day of every month for:

  • At least 5 minutes of prayer: for youth and young adults of all cultures and communities around the world and for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
  • At least 5 minutes to call, email, or text one other person who could use your company, a listening ear, or your help with something in their life.
  • At least 5 minutes to prepare for your next pilgrimage – whether that be to a church or shrine (locally or nationally), to a place of missionary service, or for the international trip to Lisbon or a stateside experience for WYD 2023.

WYD Logo

The cross

The Christian Cross, sign of the infinite love of God for the Humankind, is the main element, where everything is born from. The path underlines the invitation made to the young people to renew their “inner strength, their dreams, the enthusiasm, the hope and the gratitude” (Christus Vivit, 20).


Mary is depicted as a young girl to represent the figure of the Gospel of Saint Luke (Lk 1, 39) and to enable a resemblance with the youngest. The choice of the rosary celebrates the spirituality of the Portuguese people in their devotion to Our Lady of Fátima.

WYD Themes

Pope Francis announced themes for the following three years of World Youth Days:

2020:    “Young man, I say to you arise!” (Lk 7:14, Christus Vivit, 20)
2021:    “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.” (Acts 26:16)
2022:    “Mary arose and went with haste.” (Lk 1:39)

Resources for local annual WYD celebrations, on the Feast of Christ the King, are available on the USCCB website.Follow the WYD Cross on Twitter, #takeupthecross


Official World Youth Day Prayer

Our Lady of the Visitation, you who arose and went with haste towards the mountain to meet Elizabeth, lead us also to meet all those who await us to deliver them the living Gospel: Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord!

We will go in a hurry, with no distraction or delay, but with readiness and joy.

With you, we will continue on this path of gathering, so that our world will gather as well, in fraternity, justice and peace.

Help us, Our Lady of the Visitation, to bring Christ to everyone, obeying the Father, in the love of the Spirit!

We will go peacefully, because those who take Christ take peace, and well doing is the best wellbeing.

Our Lady of the Visitation, with your inspiration, this World Youth Day will be the mutual celebration of the Christ we take, as You once did. Make it a time of testimony and sharing, fraternization, and giving thanks, each of us looking for the others who always wait.