Pope Francis has declared an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy
that began December 8 and closes on November 20, 2106.
A Holy Year is also known as a jubilee year.
Shrine of Sts. Peter & Paul
Our Lady of the Mountains Parish
For the Year of Mercy
Dec. 8, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2016
WHAT IS A HOLY DOOR?
Pope Francis says that “the Holy Door [is] a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY DOOR
“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.” –Misericordiae Vultus
HOW TO GAIN THE PLENARY INDULGENCE
Make a Pilgrimage to a designated Holy Door:
1. Make a pilgrimage (visit) to a Holy Door or Door of Mercy, open in every Cathedral and in other churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion.
2. Make a good Confession (20 days before or after the visit) – one Confession is sufficient for the gaining of several indulgences as long as one is in the state of grace.
3. Go to Mass and reflect on the gift of God’s Mercy.
4. Make a profession of faith by praying the Apostles Creed or Nicene Creed.
5. Pray for the Pope and for the intentions that he bears in his heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.
*One indulgence may be gained each day for oneself or for the deceased.
For the sick, elderly, and home-bound:
“For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.”
For those in prison:
“The Jubilee Year has always constituted an opportunity for great amnesty, which is intended to include the many people who, despite deserving punishment, have become conscious of the injustice they worked and sincerely wish to re-enter society and make their honest contribution to it. May they all be touched in a tangible way by the mercy of the Father who wants to be close to those who have the greatest need of his forgiveness. They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”
For all Catholics:
“I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity.”
For the dead:
“Furthermore, the Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased. We are bound to them by the witness of faith and charity that they have left us. Thus, as we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, thus we can, in the great mystery of the Communion of Saints, pray for them, that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude.”
“His Mercy Endures Forever.”
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
You can read more about the Jubilee of Mercy at the Jubilee of Mercy Homepage .