The official image for next year’s World Meeting of Families has been unveiled and is dedicated to the Wedding at Cana. Source: Vatican News.
The 10th World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome from June 22 to June 26, 2022, after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The work, This Mystery is Great (taken from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 5:32), was painted by theologian and artist Fr Marko Ivan Rupnik SJ.
“Sacramental love between a man and a woman is a reflection of the indissoluble love and unity between Christ and the Church: Jesus sheds his blood for her” is the meaning behind the image.
The image depicts the Wedding at Cana, with the bride and groom in the background on the left, covered by a veil. Jesus and Mary are seen united, at the moment when Mary tells her Son, “They have no more wine.” In the foreground is the steward, with the face of St Paul as portrayed in classical iconography. It is St Paul “who removes the veil with his hand, and referring to the wedding, exclaims, “This mystery is great; but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church!”.
Fr Rupnik’s painting is the third official symbol to be published; along with the official prayer and logo, it serves as a pastoral tool for the preparation and journey of families toward the meeting being organised by the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life along with the Diocese of Rome.
Rome will be the main venue for the meeting, but each diocese will be able to host a local meeting for its own families and communities.