JUBILEE DOORS OF MERCY IN DIOCESE OF KILDARE AND LEIGHLIN
The Jubilee Year will be inaugurated in the Cathedral with the opening of the Door of Mercy on Sunday, December 13. The stational liturgy will begin with prayers at 10 a.m. by the Icon of St Fiacc in St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen, from where Bishop Denis will lead a solemn procession to the main doors of the Cathedral, which he will formally open at the beginning of the 11 am celebration of Eucharist.
The journey to the Door of Mercy, followed by its opening and the action of crossing over its threshold, serves, hopefully, to remind us of the following:
The recognition of Christ as the sole door through which we enter salvation (cf John 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (John 14:6)
The Church’s ongoing pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Bishop Denis has designated the opening of a number of Doors of Mercy in the course of the Jubilee Year across the diocese. These are as follows:
- Church of St Brigid, Kildare Town – Beginning at St Brigid’s Well,Sunday, January 31st, Eve of Feast of St Brigid
- Church of St Fintan, Mountrath – Beginning at St Fintan’s Well,Sunday, April 3, Divine Mercy Sunday
- Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh – Beginning at St Moling’s Well, St MullinsSunday, September 11, Sunday following Nativity of Mary
AN INVITATION TO A PILGRIM JOURNEY THROUGH THE DOORS OF MERCY
People across the diocese are invited to make passing through the holy Doors of Mercy a part of their keeping of this Jubilee of Mercy. Individuals, families and/or parish groups may like to replicate the journey to the Door of Mercy that Bishop Denis and others will make when opening the doors, in a spirit of prayer and openness to the loving mercy of God. A key part of any pilgrimage is leaving in order to find; in our pilgrim journey let us think about what we need to leave behind in order to find God’s mercy which is always available to us.The open door is a sign to us that the obstacles to God have been removed. During this Holy Year, we pray that the obstacles of personal weakness, temptation, and sin be removed so that this year can be one of grace and a personal encounter with the merciful Father. See kandle.ie for resources for undertaking a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage in the diocese.