The official hymn!
In singing this hymn, young people from all over the world are invited to identify with Mary, disposing themselves to the service, mission and transformation of the world - explain the Lisbon organizers in the official press, released by the
Department for Laity, Family and Life. The hymn, entitled á Pressa no Ar.
There is haste in the air is inspired by the theme of the next WYD Mary got
up and went in hast (Lk 1:39). The text was written by Don João Paulo Vaz and
the music composed by Pedro Ferreira, a teacher and musician, both from the Diocese of Coimbra, in central Portugal. The arrangements were made by musician Carlos Garcia. The theme made me revisit my relationship with my mother and so
the creative process of the words became a very profound moment of prayer for me; explains Don João Paulo Vaz.
The melody was born before the lyrics, composed in a small room, on the keyboard of piano, alone says Pedro Ferreira, and designed to bring a community together.
The anthem, selected through a national competition from more than 100 proposals, has been published on the official channels of WYD Lisbon 2023 in 2 versions.