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17th Nov 2016

A Ritual for the Closing of the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy will come to an official end on Sunday November 20 (the Feast of Christ the King) with the closing of the Holy Door at St Peters Basilica.

We too celebrate this ending with the closing of our doors but hopefully not of our hearts.

"We all need to ask ourselves: What will we do now the Year of Mercy has finished?"

Pope Francis urges us all to “constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy” reminding us that “the signs he (Jesus) works, especially in the face of sinners, the poor, the marginalised, the sick and the suffering, are all meant to teach mercy. Everything in Jesus speaks mercy. Nothing in Jesus is devoid of compassion".

The Pope is clear that mercy is the core foundation of our God and its importance and centrality to life doesn’t end or take a back seat once the Jubilee year is over.

Year of Mercy candle

Closing of the Door Prayer

God of infinite Mercy
As the Church celebrates the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
may we ensure that our own hearts remain firmly open
to your call to be people of mercy and love.
Let the insights and understandings of mercy we gained this year
nurture and sustain us as we move forward.
Let mercy rain in our world Lord,
through the words and actions of those
who believe in the transforming power
of justice, hope, respect and compassion.