The Chapel of Saint John Paul II is now a permanent feature of the Abbey Youth Festival. Each year AYF converts the old Abbey saw mill into a place of prayer for the thousands of teens who participate in the festival. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available in the AYF chapel area.
"'Rabbi, where are you staying?' Each day the Church responds: Christ is present in the Eucharist, in the sacrament of His death and resurrection. In and through the Eucharist, you acknowledge the dwelling-place of the Living God in human history. For the Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Love which conquers death. It is the Sacrament of the Covenant, pure Gift of Love for the reconciliation of all humanity. It is the gift of the Real Presence of Jesus The Redeemer, in the bread which is His Body given up for us, in the wine which is His Blood poured out for all. Thanks to the Eucharist, constantly renewed among all peoples of the world, Christ continues to build His church: He brings us together in praise and thanksgiving for salvation, in the communion which only infinite love can forge. Our worldwide gathering now takes on its fullest meaning, through the celebration of the Mass. Dear young friends, may your presence here mean a true commitment in faith! For Christ is now answering your own question and the questions of all those who seek the Living God. He answers by offering an invitation: This is My Body, take It and eat. To the Father He entrusts His supreme desire: that all those whom He loves may be one in the same communion...
"Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again in glory. These words contain the very essence of the Eucharistic mystery. In them we find what we bear witness to and share in every day as we celebrate and receive the Eucharist. In the Upper Room Jesus effects the consecration. By virtue of His words, the bread - while keeping the external appearance of bread - becomes His Body, and the wine - while maintaining the external appearance of wine - becomes His Blood. THIS IS THE GREAT MYSTERY OF FAITH! THIS IS THE LIVING BREAD WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN!"
Saint John Paul II, World Youth Day homily, August 24, 1997, Paris, France
New to Abbey Youth Festival this year will be select panels from the Official Vatican Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit originally conceived and designed by Servant of God Carlo Acutis who died at the age of 15 in 2006. Carlo was something of a whiz with computers. He also was fascinated by, and deeply devoted to, the Eucharistic miracles of our Lord. The panels you will see at AYF this year (generously loaned by Mr. Philip Bellini) are the fruit of Carlo's devotion and efforts. To learn more about Carlo follow the link below to Aleteia where you'll find an excellent article about this servant of God.