December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016
Closing Liturgy from the Cathedral of St. Paul (click to watch online)
Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis
at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
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(adapted from the International Prayer for Year of Mercy)
Prayer for Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us
to be merciful like our heavenly Father,
and have promised us that
whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed all who sought
forgiveness from you.
Let the Church be your visible face in the world.
You willed that your ministers
should manifest your 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 his anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy
may be a year of abundant grace.
Relying on the intercession of Mary,
Mother of Mercy, we make our prayer
to you who live and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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Students from area colleges made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Paul in March to pass through the Holy Door and visit one of the 12 local pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Worcester (see below for complete list)
The local image for Confessionals in the Diocese of Worcester is a reminder that the Sacrament of Penance is at the heart of the Year of Mercy, as God never stops loving those who seek his mercy.
Download a "Pilgrim's Guide to local pilgrimage sites in the Diocese of Worcester" (to be posted on December 14 following announcement of the churches by Bishop McManus at the Opening Liturgy on December 13.
What is a Pilgrimage? Learn more at this site about how this is so much more than a "trip."
The International Symbol for the Year of Mercy and its symbology
Link to the Bull of Indiction announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
The history behind the Holy Door - click to learn more
Official Vatican website for the Jubilee of Mercy (Iubilaeum Misericordiae) - includes a LIVE feed of St. Peter's Square and various video and photo galleries from Rome
Brief online Video Clips from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) answer the question: What is Mercy?
Resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on what each person can do to be part of this Jubilee Year of Mercy