"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
Jubilee Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has issued a Papal Bull declaring a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Jubilee Years, also known as “Holy Years”, have a long and rich history. Our Jewish ancestors began the custom centuries before the birth of Jesus. In the Book of Leviticus, we are told that a Jubilee is a year of remission of sin and universal pardon. Slaves and prisoners were set free, debts were forgiven, and the mercies of God were particularly manifest. Jubilees occurred every 50 years.
Our Catholic tradition of Jubilee Years dates back to 1300 when Pope Boniface VIII declared one. Since then Popes have called for a Jubilee Year, often with a specific theme, every 25 or 50 years. However, Popes have also convoked Jubilees whenever they saw fit to do so.
Our last Holy Year was 15 years ago when St. John Paul II called for a “Great Jubilee” to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has declared that this Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception) and conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Christ the King.)
In his Bull, Pope Francis writes, “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Mercy [is] the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. … Mercy [is] the bridge that connects God and humanity.” Pope Francis goes on to exhort us: once we are profoundly aware of God’s mercy toward us, we must become the instruments through which others experience mercy.
May this truly be a Jubilee Year for all of us!
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Morning Prayer at OMGC
Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, each Monday through Saturday morning, we celebrate Morning Prayer in common following the 8:00am Mass. Everyone is invited (around 8:30am) to join us in the daily chapel for this beautiful way to begin the day!
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