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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome, or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”
– Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus #11

5 Basic steps to follow when visiting a Jubilee Church:
  1. Visit a Jubilee Church with Holy Door in your Diocese/ Archdiocese, either individually or in groups.
  2. At the beginning of your pilgrimage (at any of the Jubilee Church) you will be given a Pilgrims's Passport.
  3. Follow the “Activities for Pilgrims” indicated in the Passport (it varies depending on the Jubilee Church).
  4. At the end of each pilgrimage, have your Pilgrim’s Passport stamped.
  5. Once you have completed the pilgrimage, a Certificate of Pilgrimage will be given to you at the last church you will visit.
The five designated Jubilee churches in Archdiocee of Manila includes the Manila Cathedral; National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati City; Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Mandaluyong City; Santuario de Santo Cristo in San Juan City; and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Pasay City.

The universal Church will observe an extraordinary Year of Mercy as decreed by the Pope from Dec. 8, 2015 until Nov. 20 2016.

The following are the activities to follow at Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy.

Make the Sign of the Cross as you enter through the Jubilee Door of Mercy (main entrance of the chapel).

Pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (copies are provided) in front of the main Altar where the huge painting of Divine Mercy is located.

Proceed to the Reliquary of Saint Faustina (left side of the chapel) and pray for the salvation of sinners.

Proceed to the image of The Crucified Christ (right side of the chapel) and pray for those who suffer in mind and body.

Go down to the Columbaria (ground floor) and pray for eternal repose of the departed ones.

Give donations for the sick (donation boxes provided).

Proceed to the Shrine Office for proper stamping of your jubilee passport (refer to the office hours schedule).

  • Guidelines in the granting of indulgence during the Jubilee of Mercy:

  • Make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door in designated Jubilee Churches
  • Have a good confession and celebrate the Eucharist with a reflection on mercy
  • Profession of Faith (Creed)
  • Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the good of the Church and of the entire world
  • Note:
  • For the homeboud, the sick and the elderly; they may still receive the Jubilee indulgence by receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication.
  • For those who are incarcerated, they may obtain the Jubilee Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons.
  • Those who perform the spiritual and corporal works of mercy are sure to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.
  • The Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased by offering masses for them.
  • All priests are give the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion to those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it.
  • From the Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis According to which an Indulgence is Granted to the Faithful on the Occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. (September 1, 2015)

  • Source: Pilgrim’s Passport


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