The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

  • Year of Mercy

Catholc Education Office, Diocese of Rockhampton brochure of resources for the Year of Mercy
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Year of Mercy music suggestions from Willow publishing
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week One
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Three
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Opening the Dorrs of Mercy - Week Five
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Seven
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Resource booklet from the Melbourne Archdiocese
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Faces of mercy resource
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Two
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Four
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Six
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Opening the Doors of Mercy - Week Eight
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‘I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36).

An App for the Year of Mercy

A new app has been developed for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year to assist with daily reflection and prayer practice aimed at supporting attentiveness to the movement of Mercy.

The ‘Mercy-ing’ app, which has been funded by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, provides users with a morning inspiration and an evening reflection, to frame their day, attentive to the events, interactions, relationships and circumstances of each day within the context of “being Mercy.”

Content for the app has been drawn from a wide selection of sources including scripture, contemporary theologians, activists and thinkers. The app also includes the daily repetition of a consistent mercy “mantra,” as well as an inbuilt timer to assist with the reflective process.

The title of the app has a direct connection with Pope Francis, who when seeking to translate his motto from Latin to Spanish, coined the word misericordiando which in English translates to the word
“Mercy-ing.” By expressing Mercy as a verb, it captures the sense of movement inherent in the heart of Mercy, which includes hearing the cry of all creation for mercy and responding.


 

Description of the Logo

Year of Mercy logo

 

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

 


Prayers for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Lower Primary students 

Lord Jesus, in this year of Mercy,

teach us:

to love like you loved

to care like you cared

to forgive like you forgave,

and to seek forgiveness when we hurt others.

We pray,

that the Spirit of love, care and compassion

will be seen daily in our  words and actions.

Amen.

Primary Students 

Lord Jesus,

you have shown us how to be merciful like our heavenly Father.

In this year of Mercy,

teach us:

to show mercy in the same way you did,

to be kind, caring and forgiving as you were,

to love as you loved.

Help us:

to forgive those who offend or hurt us,

to seek forgiveness for our wrong doings,

and to say sorry when we need to.

Send your Spirit to bless us to be people of love and action.

We ask this through Mary, the Mother of Mercy.

Amen.

Secondary Students and Adults 

Lord Jesus,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you, sees God.

In this the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a year of grace from the Lord,

renew our enthusiasm to live and testify to mercy daily through our words and actions,

remembering the abundant compassionate love shown by you to those in need.

Open our hearts in a new way to those living on the fringes of society,

that we may bring healing love to the most neglected, rejected and abandoned.

Give us the strength to forgive those who offend us,

and to seek forgiveness from those whom we offend.

Send your Spirit upon your Church,

so we can become the visible face of our merciful God in the world .

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through Mary, the Mother of Mercy;

who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.


 

Gallery of Mercy- No. 1

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Gallery of Mercy - No. 3

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Gallery of Mercy No.5

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Gallery of Mercy- No.7

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Gallery of Mercy-No. 2

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Gallery of Mercy-No. 4

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Gallery of Mercy -No. 6

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Gallery of Mercy - No. 8

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