Year of Mercy
On April 11, 2015, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis issued Misericordiae Vultus, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will begin December 8, 2015, with the opening of the holy door at the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, and continue until the closing of the Jubilee Year on November 20, 2016.
Throughout the Church’s history, Jubilee Years have been enriched by three signs which attest to the mercy of God, the redemption by Christ, and which foster the faith and devotion of the Christian people.
These signs are:
Pope Francis' Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy
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 its 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 through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
St. Louis Review:http://stlouisreview.com/article/2015-11-25/your-guide-year-mercy
Vatican Jubilee Year of Mercy: www.im.va
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/index.cfm
Misericordiae Vultus: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/bolla.html
The 8 Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE) catechetical booklets published on the significance of mercy in Scripture and Tradition: https://www.osv.com/YearofMercy.aspx