The Extraordinary Year of Mercy was proclaimed by Pope Francis by meansof a “Bull of Indiction”, Misericordiae Vultus, issued on 11th April 2015 (DivineMercy Sunday).  The Year began on 8th December 2015 and is to conclude on the Feast of Christ the King, 20th November 2016.  Pope Francis said:

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring ofjoy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.?At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.

Further key points from the document:   [our emphases]

(Para .3) – In order to be capable of mercy . . . we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the valueof silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. 

(Para. 14) – 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 aviator, 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.

(Para .15)  – In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates………. It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works ofmercy.

(Para. 17) – The initiative of “24 Hours for the Lord” to be celebrated on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Week of Lent, [4,5 March 2016should be implemented in every diocese.

(Para. 18) – During Lent of this Holy Year, I intend to send out Missionaries ofMercy.  [These]  will be priests to whom I will grant the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See, so that the breadth of their mandate as confessors will be even clearer.

(Para.19) – May no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behaviour distances them from the grace of God. I particularly have in mind men and women belonging to criminal organizations of any kind. For their own good, I beg them to change their lives . . 

(Para. 22) – A Jubilee also entails the granting of indulgences. This practice will acquire an even more important meaning in the Holy Year ofMercy*

Holy Year of Mercy Videos

An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with Jeff Cavins

Making a Good Confession

Eight questions about the Jubilee of Mercy you were afraid to ask

Year of Mercy – Explanation of the Logo

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Mercy

An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Year of Mercy Banner

The official Year of Mercy banner (formally at IHM) has found a wonderful new home in the Wendover Christian Centre as the perfect backdrop to the Jubilee Year Resource Library!  The Library is full of authorised resources for the Holy Year; do have a look after Mass.

The Year of Mercy banner is to be seen everywhere! The Convent Church of St Damien in Sartene, Corsica

The Year of Mercy banner is to be seen everywhere!  The Church of Our Lady, St Anne district of Sartene, Corsica

Holy Door

Jubilee Door

Jubilee Door

The Holy Door at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury, Northampton! (get directions)

At our celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God (1st January AD 2016) parishioners were given the opportunity to enter and leave the Church through a richly decorated door; this served as a reminder of how the doors of both Churches in the Parish are to welcome people into the mercy of the Lord and how we are to leave them as missionaries of mercy.

Year of Mercy lapel pin

Prayer Card

As part of our observance of the Jubilee Year all the young people who attended the Children’s Liturgy of the Word on the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2015 were presented with a boxed Year of Mercy lapel pin!

The Jubilee Indulgence is an expression of the Father’s love and forgiveness. As a loving mother, when the Church sees her children putting into action their sorrow for sin and their attempts at penitential actions, she longs to help them as they work through the consequences of their sins, and to pour out treasures for them from her store of grace and prayers.  This is what an indulgence is.  A card explaining this specific indulgence (and the conditions and prayers necessary to receive it) is available from the YEAR OF MERCY RESOURCE LIBRARY at IHM; this also contains many other publications and resources.

Jubilee of Mercy

Eternal God, in whom mercy is
endless and the treasury of
compassion inexhaustible, look
kindly up us and increase Your
mercy in us, that in difficult
moments we might not despair
nor become despondent, but with
great confidence submit ourselves
to Your holy will, which is Love
and Mercy itself.



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Listen to: “Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy”

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Our Lady intercedes to her Son on our behalf.  As you seek the prayers of Mary press to hear The official hymn for the Year of Mercy by English composer Paul Inwood. – Misericordes sicut Pater!