Holy Year of Mercy
POPE FRANCIS ANNOUNCES A HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of 2015, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy,” the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica.
“It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”
The biblical passage for the Holy Year's theme is from Luke Chapter 6 verse 36, in which Jesus tells his disciples, “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.”
Our children will be taking part in many activities linked to This Holy Year of Mercy.
Here is our Year of Mercy Prayer
Doors of Mercy
The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope.
Pope Francis launches the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the opening of a door in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The door becomes a symbol of opening to the fullness of God’s love and invites us to pass through as a sign that we wish to experience God’s mercy and take it others.
The door represents a new opening for God’s mercy to every heart. We are called to seek and receive God’s mercy and convey it to others through whatever thresholds we cross. Churches throughout the world will be opening and designating an official Holy Year Door of Mercy.
At Christ the King, we have created our own Doors of Mercy in each classroom. Each door depicts a Parable of Mercy.
When we enter the classroom we say “ I pray that I will experience God’s mercy”.
When we leave the classroom we say “ I pray that I take God’s mercy to others”