Official song of the Seventh World Meeting of Families
International version

On 26 April – while the preparation of the Seventh World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Milan from 30 May to 3 June in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, was reaching its final stage – the official website of Family2012 published the scores and the audio file of "Your family gives you thanks", the official song which will mark the stages of this important Church event. At the end of it a Mass with the Pontiff is planned and one million believers are scheduled to attend it.

In consideration of the international attendance, in the last weeks the Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music (PIAMS) under the supervision of the President Maestro Mgr. Dr. GianLuigi Rusconi, translated the song – a work by Fr. Claudio Burgio, Director at the musical Chapel of the Cathedral of Milan – into the four main work languages (English, French, German, Spanish).

Fr. Burgio himself had already anticipated the piece of news in the interview to the magazine 'IncrociNews'. Then the audio file published on Family2012 made it possible to listen the song performed for the first time, with the five verses in Italian and the refrain in the different languages (respectively: German, English, French, Spanish and Italian).

Given the need to unite the specific needs of each language with those of the musical composition, every translation is freely based on the Italian text, in order to communicate as best as possible the original sense. However, in each version is present – like in a sort of prism – a new reading and, in a certain way, a developed alternative.

In a letter dated 23 April Card. Ennio Antonelli, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, thanked the Institute «for the accurate work made». Similar statements had been previously expressed by Mgr. Erminio De Scalzi, President of the Foundation 'Milano Famiglie 2012'.

In order to foster the preparation of communities and single faithful and to support an active participation in the different initiatives of the Meeting, PIAMS makes completely available the full dossier related to the song. It contains for each language both only the text and the scores with the version for soloist (with or without accompaniment) and the sheet music for four-part choir.