2016 Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

December 1, 2015

The Holy Father Pope Francis has declared 2016 Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year begins with the opening of the first Holy Door in Rome at St. Peter's Basilica on December 8, 2015. “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope” Pope Francis on the Holy Door during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In the weeks following, more Holy Doors will be opened in Rome and in major cities around the world. The doors will be open for a full year so we will have many opportunities to pass through them as we better understand the grace and spiritual conversion associated with them. The churches that have a Holy Door established permanently have them not only closed in between Holy Years, but sealed with a wall of brick and mortar. Within that wall, is placed a box that may contain various items, but most important of all - the key to unlock the Holy Door. In the days leading up to the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door by the Pope, workers break down the wall and remove the key box and give it to the ones assisting in the opening. The was broken down at St Peter's earlier this month in preparation for the actual opening that takes place on December 8 2015. May we take full advantage of the Holy Year for our own personal renewal before God and the renewal of our parish and our whole Church! With this in mind, we will have a special Holy Door dedication in our Ukrainian Catholic Church. Patriarch Sviatoslav has directed that there be a Holy Door in every church of the Archeparchy, especially the Cathedral.

Metropolitan Lawrence, OSBM, has discussed plans to have at least two Holy Door locations within the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. Our Metropolitan will open the first of two Holy Doors for our Church in Manitoba. This will take place at our Cathedral church of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha on December 13th beginning with the arrival of the Flame from Bethlehem and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am. The Second Holy Door will be opened on December 20, 2015 at the Blessed Vasyl’ Velychkovsky Shrine at St. Joseph Church during morning Divine Liturgy at 11:00 am.

The parishes are also asked to have special events for the Jubilee of Mercy. If you have any thoughts on what kind of project or celebrations we should do in our Cathedral, please feel free to contact St. Volodymy & Olga parish office or the Redemptorist Fathers for more information.

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee 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. Amen.

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