What is the Jubilee of Mercy?
It is a Holy Year of Mercy which will begin on December 8, 2015 to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone.
The motto of the Holy Year is “Merciful like the Father.” The role of mercy is the very foundation of the life of the Church and its people, because we are both the beneficiaries and the witnesses to God’s mercy in the world. Pope Francis explains that the mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality: God reveals his love for us as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child.
During this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we are invited to dedicate our daily lives to living out the mercy which God constantly extends to us.
Some practical ways which may help us live well this Holy Year:
- Go on pilgrimage as an “impetus to conversion”
- Do not judge or condemn but forgive and give, avoiding gossip, envy and jealousy
- Have a heart open to those on the fringes of society
- Bring consolation, mercy and solidarity to people who live in precarious situations
- Take up the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy with joy
- Observe the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative during Lent, which encourages us to pray and go for the sacrament of reconciliation
Other points to note:
Pope Francis also calls for justice and conversion, asking those involved in corruption to change their lives and to embrace God’s mercy. “God does not deny justice, He rather envelopes it and surpasses it with an even greater event (mercy) in which we experience love as the foundation of true justice.”
As with all Jubilees, a plenary indulgence is granted during the Holy Year of Mercy for those who fulfill all of the usual requirements.
The Holy Year will conclude on November 20, 2016, on the feast of Christ the King.
Opening Mass for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
This was held on 8 Dec 2015 (Tues) at the Divine Mercy Church
View the photographs and video here
Learn more about Jubilee of Mercy
Misericordiae Vultus (Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy)
This is a formal announcement or proclamation of a jubilee as in an extraordinary Holy Year. Besides indicating its duration, dates and timing, it also spells out the main ways in which it will be implemented, the spirit in which it is announced, and the intentions and the outcomes hoped for.