Jubilee Year of Mercy
8 December 2015 – 20 November 2016
Pope Francis has called an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, commencing 8 December 2015, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and also the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.
A Jubilee is a great event. It is a year of reconciliation and conversion, of hope and justice. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wishes the Church to grow deeper in awareness of the Father’s merciful and forgiving love, and to bring that mercy to the world.
‘Merciful Like the Father’
The theme of this Jubilee Year is “Merciful like the Father.” In the official proclamation for the Jubilee Year “Misericordiae Vultus” (“The Face of Mercy”), Pope Francis writes:
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. (MV, 1-3)
The Closing of the Holy Door by Bishop Peter A Comensoli
The Year of Mercy concludes on Sunday 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, with the closing of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St Peter’s at the Vatican.
In the Diocese of Broken Bay, all are invited to the celebration of
Mass for the Closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara,
on 20 November 2016 at 6.00pm.
Bishop Peter A Comensoli will preside, and the Holy Door at the Cathedral will be closed.
Misericordia et Misera Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Download a Prayer Sheet for the closing of the Year of Mercy offered by Mission Services CSO, Broken Bay Diocese [PDF/700KB]
Holy Doors were opened at the following parishes:
Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Hornsby Cathedral Parish
St Mary’s Church, Manly Freshwater Parish
Our Lady of Dolours Church, Chatswood Parish
Holy Cross Church, Kincumber Parish
Our Lady of the Rosary Church, The Entrance Parish
- Bishop Peter Opens Holy Door at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral
- The Jubilee Holy Door (Broken Bay News, December 2015)
Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Broken Bay
“Hands of Mercy” – Song for the Year of Mercy
The Senior Choir at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Berowra Heights, has presented a new song called “Hands of Mercy” which has been sung at school Masses, and will feature as part of a special Year of Mercy Mass. Written by Patricia Smith, Music Co-ordinator at Ku-ring-gai Chase Parish, the song combines lyrics and meaningful actions to help young people participate in the Jubilee Year and understand what mercy means in everyday life and how to bring mercy to others. We can use our ‘hands of mercy’ to give life and love: to bring welcome, forgiveness, comfort, care, and healing; to give, share, and encourage.
"Thoughts on the Year of Mercy"
This short video was filmed by Claire Miller, Year 12 student and Liturgy Captain at Monte Sant'Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney at the ACYF 2015 Youth Festival in Adelaide. It includes comments from Bishop Peter A Comensoli, Bishop Peter Ingham and Sr Hilda Scott osb.
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 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 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
Plenary Indulgence Available in the Jubilee Year of Mercy
In this Jubilee of Mercy, an Indulgence is available to all who fulfil the usual requirements of receiving an Indulgence (are in a state of grace by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance; celebrating Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy; reciting the profession of faith (Creed); and a prayer for the intentions of the Pope); and who undertake one of the following actions:
- By passing through a Door of Mercy;
- For the sick and elderly, by receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through various means of communication (for example, Mass via the internet);
- For prisoners, in the chapel of the prison;
- By performing one or more of the spiritual or corporal works of mercy.
(Note that the Sacrament of Penance is able to be celebrated 7 days either side of the Action of Mercy.)
Jubilee of Mercy Links
- Jubilee Year of Mercy website
- Misericordiae Vultus
- Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy
- About the logo
- 365 Days to Mercy app - Our Sunday Visitor App Store / Google Play
- 'Mercy-ing' app - Sisters of Mercy App Store / Google Play
- 'The Face of Mercy' Advent daily reflections
- 'O God of Mercy' Prayer Card
- Bulletin Notices
- Prayer of intercession for the third Sunday of Advent
- Resources for a Lenten Day of Spiritual Retreat for those who are involved in the charitable service of the Church - promoted by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum
- A Spirit of Mercy, Reflections on the Works of Mercy offered by the Archdiocese of Melbourne
- Pastoral Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation offered by the Ponitifcal Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation
- Mercy Cards for parishes, students, staff offered by GPBS
- I Believe Meditations on the Creed offered by the Archdiocese of Melbourne