Prayer for the 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 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 ever.
Source: Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
The Year of Mercy is meant to be one of those times — a season for Christians to become “stronger and more effective” witnesses to the Faith we proclaim, changed both by contemplating the depths of God’s mercy and by imitating Christ in the world today (Misericordiae Vultus, No. 3).
To help make that possible, the Holy Father used Misericordiae Vultus not only to reflect on God’s mercy but also to outline a course of action. In it, he offered a series of practical suggestions for how Catholics should celebrate the Year of Mercy ahead.
On Dec. 8, 2015, the Holy Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome will swing open for the first time in 15 years. From that day until Nov. 20, 2016, the Church invites Catholics and non-Catholics alike to encounter God’s grace during an extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
God’s mercy, of course, is ever-present and ever-abundant. A Year of Mercy doesn’t make God more merciful or more inclined to forgive. God can’t change. But we can ... and must. As Pope Francis explained in Misericordiae Vultus (“The Face of Mercy”), the bull of indiction that announced the Year of Mercy, “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” (No. 3).
Dec. 8: The Year of Mercy will begin on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s
Basilica in Rome.
Feb. 10, 2016: The “Missionaries of Mercy” commissioned by Pope Francis will be sent out from St. Peter’s Basilica across the world with the authority to forgive even the most serious sins.
March 4-5: During the Friday and Saturday before the Fourth Week of Lent, the faithful across the world have been asked by Pope Francis to participate in “24 Hours for the Lord,” when dioceses are to hold services offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
July 26-31: The Jubilee for Youth (World Youth Day) will take place in Krakow, Poland.
Throughout the year: Special celebrations will be held in Rome to honor and support certain groups, including: Divine Mercy devotees, boys and girls, members of the Roman Curia, deacons, priests, the sick and people with disabilities, catechists, prisoners and more.
Nov. 20, 2016: On the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis will mark the end of the jubilee year by closing the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Source: OSV Newsweekly