Pilgrimage to Italy
7th Annual Youth Choir Festival 2023-2024
Christmas Season in the Vatican
December 30, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Dear Young Singers:
We are excited to extend this invitation to you to join us for the 7th Annual Youth and Children’s Choir Festival during Christmas Season in the Vatican!
We will celebrate Christmas with our families at home. Then, we will travel to Rome to celebrate Epiphany, the world feast of the Catholic Church! We will arrive in Rome on New Year’s Eve. It is the Holy Father’s custom to visit the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square following First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – and we will be there, awaiting his blessing, prepared to spontaneously sing our most treasured Christmas Carols!
A highlight of our pilgrimage will be attending Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, in celebration of the manifestation of Christ to the Nations in the persons of the Magi! During our pilgrimage, you’ll see young people from all over the world gathered in Rome to participate in activities of the Christmas season. You will join your voices with other young singers throughout our time together. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sites, tastes, and sounds of Rome, and the enchanting streets of Assisi.
As the scheduling of musical details and preparations are underway, we hope you will consider joining us for this joyous festival, including many wonderful performance opportunities and the thrill of participating at a Papal Mass which is bound to lift our hearts and voices in great joy!
Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Dr. John Romeri, and Ms. Lauren McCaul