On Sept. 9, 2014, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia unveiled the official icon and prayer of the World Meeting of Families
, to take place in Philadelphia in September of 2015. The unveiling took place at the heart of the Archdiocese, the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul, during the Sunday mass, celebrated and blessed by Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M.
Nelson Carlin of Pennsylvania was commissioned to create the image based on the theme of the World Meeting of Families- “Love is our mission: the family fully alive.”
“The idea with the painting is to make sure wherever you end up looking ultimately your eyes come back to Christ who is looking always looking at you,” Carlin said during the unveiling. “The hand of Christ in the center of the painting is blessing you when you see it and blessing the family.”
The painting features themes from the architecture of the Cathedral, the coat of arms of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the coat of arms of the Holy Father Pope Francis. The addition figures in the painting include the complete extended family of Jesus, with Sts. Ana and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Additionally, the Official Prayer for the World Meeting of Families was also revealed during the ceremony. The full prayer reads:
The World Meeting of Families- Philadelphia 2015 Official Prayer
God and Father of us all,
in Jesus, your Son and our Savior,
you have made us
your sons and daughters
in the family of the Church.
May your grace and love
help our families
in every part of the world
be united to one another
in fidelity to the Gospel.
May the example of the Holy Family,
with the aid of your Holy Spirit,
guide all families, especially those most troubled,
to be homes of communion and prayer and
to always seek your truth and live in your love,
through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Watch the full video of the unveiling below: