Jubilee Year of Mercy

Open Wide The Doors of Mercy

What Is the Jubilee Year of Mercy
 

In the Bible, the book of Leviticus describes a special year called a “jubilee” that occurs every 50 years. During this year, God restores all creation to a right relationship with one another and with himself, their Creator, in whom they find rest. Since the 14th century, the Church has declared a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years, dedicating that year as a special time to encounter God’s blessings, be forgiven of sin, and renew our love for God and one another.

Once in a while, the Church will call a special, or extraordinary, Jubilee Year to coincide with a significant event or need in the world. Pope Francis sees a great need in the world today for all people to experience God’s love in real and tangible ways. That is why he has called for an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father states “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.” He asks us to give greater focus to mercy, so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. During this year the Holy Father calls upon us to “keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world.

For the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has announced a plenary indulgence for all who make a visit to the Holy Doors established in every cathedral in the world, as well as in other churches designated by the local bishop.  In the Diocese of Charlotte, there are Holy Doors at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Charlotte, St. Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, and the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville.

What Is An Indulgence?
 

During the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis has declared that there will be a special Jubilee Indulgence which all of the faithful may receive. An indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment due to sins which have been forgiven. Sin has both eternal and temporal consequences. In confession, the eternal consequences are forgiven, but the damage we have done to ourselves and to others here on earth remains, and God asks us to assist him in making amends. When we cooperate with God in doing good works and offering up our sufferings, we are purified from the residue of sin. If we die without being completely purified, God, in his mercy, allows us to complete our purification in purgatory. An indulgence is exactly what its name implies. It is God the Father, through the Church, being indulgent with his children. To receive the Jubilee Indulgence one must make a brief pilgrimage to a Holy Door & perform a spiritual or corporal work of mercy. 

The Holy Father wrote that the requirements for receiving the Holy Door indulgence are as follows:  “To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion….  It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for [the Pope] and for the intentions that [he] bear[s] in [his] heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.” So to receive the indulgence, one must:

  1. Visit the Holy Doors in one of the designated churches with a desire for true conversion.
  2. Be free from any attachment to sin (even venial sin)
  3. Go to Confession within 20 days of visiting the Holy Doors
  4. Receive Holy Communion 
  5. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (an Our Father and Hail Mary will suffice)
  6. Make an Profession of Faith (i.e., pray the Creed)
  7. Make a reflection on mercy (e.g., praying a Chaplet of Divine Mercy)

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What is the Jubilee Year of Mercy?

In the Bible, the book of Leviticus describes a special year called a “jubilee” that occurs every 50 years. During this year, God restores all creation to a right relationship with one another and with himself, their Creator, in whom they find rest. Since the 14th century, the Church has declared a Jubilee Year every 25 or 50 years, dedicating that year as a special time to encounter God’s blessings, be forgiven of sin, and renew our love for God and one another.

Why a Year of Mercy?

Pope Francis sees a great need in the world today for all people to experience God’s love in real and tangible ways. That is why he has called for an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. He asks us to give greater focus to mercy, so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. During this year the Holy Father calls upon us to “keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world. 

What is a Holy Door?

In our Catholic tradition, the door or the threshold is a sacred place. When a new Church is built, the doors are blessed, and many of our sacraments and rituals begin at these consecrated doors. In a Jubilee Year, the Church door holds special significance. The door is a sign of Christ who said, “I am the gate for the sheep…Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture” (John 10:7, 9).

What is the Significance of a Holy Door?

Within the doors of the Church, God’s people find rest, safety, and nourishment. The door is also a liminal space where we move from one place to another. Thus, it is a sign of our conversion, of letting go of our old way of life and entering a new way of life in Christ. Thus, the door of the Church is a place of salvation where we encounter God’s mercy in real and tangible ways. Here, we enter into the Church to find and know God’s mercy; from here, we go out into the world to bring God’s mercy

 

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