A Holy Year or Jubilee of Mercy for the whole Church!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Last week Pope Francis gave us wonderful news: he announced that there would be a Holy Year or Jubilee of Mercy for the whole Church!
Divine Mercy is God’s love meeting our misery and placing a limit on our experience of evil. It is important that we not only seek God’s mercy in every way possible, but also to share His mercy with others through what we say and do. I invite you to read this article from www.ncregister.com for more on the Jubilee of Mercy:
VATICAN CITY— On the day of the second anniversary of his pontificate, Pope Francis made the major announcement of a jubilee year dedicated to the theme of mercy, beginning on the Solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8. Speaking to pilgrims at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica Friday evening, the Holy Father said the celebration of this “Jubilee of Mercy,” also called an “extraordinary holy year,” will commence with the opening of the holy door of the basilica and conclude on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016. He made the announcement as he opened “24 Hours for the Lord,” a Lenten initiative that invites churches worldwide to remain open for 24 hours today for confession and Eucharistic adoration. ”I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time,” Pope Francis said. “From
this moment, we entrust this holy year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey.” In Catholic tradition, a year of jubilee is a time of joy, remission or universal pardon. The Vatican pointed out that the opening of this “Jubilee of Mercy” will take place on the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965.
“This is of great significance, for it impels the Church to continue the work begun at Vatican II,” the Vatican said in a statement. Pope Francis has entrusted the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization with the organization of the year. The last “ordinary jubilee” year was in 2000, when Pope St. John Paul II held the “Great Jubilee,” which was likewise a celebration of the mercy of God and forgiveness of sins. The most recent extraordinary holy years were those in 1933, proclaimed by Pius XI to celebrate 1,900 years of redemption, and 1983, proclaimed by John Paul II on the occasion of 1,950 years of redemption.
The Vatican statement said that, during the year, the Sunday readings for Ordinary Time will be taken from the Gospel of Luke, known as “the Evangelist of Mercy.” Dante Alighieri described him as scriba mansuetudinis Christi (narrator of the meekness of Christ). “There are many well-known parables of mercy presented in the Gospel of Luke: the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, the Merciful Father,” the statement said. The statement added, “The official and solemn announcement of the holy year will take place with the public proclamation of the Bollain front of the holy door on Divine Mercy Sunday, the feast instituted by St. John Paul II and celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.”
Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Paul may the mercy of our Lord Jesus come upon us and lead us to the union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
In Christ through Mary,