Year of Mercy, also known as Jubilee Year and Holy Year, is a special time period beginning with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2015 and ending with the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. It was announced by Pope Francis in March of 2015 to encourage Christians all over the world to focus on forgiveness and mercy. The Pope has asked us all to show mercy, be able to accept mercy and â€œbe a witness of mercy.â€
In his Year of Mercy announcement speech, Pope Francis said that â€œno one can be excluded from the mercy of Godâ€ and that â€œto be here to experience His love is first of all the fruit of His grace.â€
We hope that you can find the opportunities this year to explore mercy and forgiveness within yourself. And if you need a small token to remind you or your loved one about the Year of Mercy, Franciscan Monastery Gift shop has just added several Year of Mercy items.
This bookmark features the prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, as well as the official symbol of the Year of Mercy with an explanation. Use it in your Bible, prayer book or any other book to keep mercy on your mind.
This small lapel pin features the colorful logo of the Year of Mercy along with the inscription â€œMerciful Like the Father.â€ Wear it on your jacket, bag or any other piece of clothing.
This key chain looks like the lapel pin from the front, but on the back it also has an engraved image of Pope Francis. It is a great token you know will always be with you almost everywhere. Just by reaching into your pocket you can get reminded about forgiveness and mercy, which will help you make better decisions in life.
This pewter oval charm is two-sided like the key chain, and has the Year of Mercy logo on the front and Pope Francis on the back. You can add it to your necklace or bracelet, or attach it with a safety pin to the inside of your jacket if you don’t want to display it.
This prayer card features the Prayer from the Jubilee of Mercy that starts with â€œLord Jesus Christ, You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and Mercy.â€ You can keep this prayer card at your nightstand or fold it up and carry it in your wallet to access whenever you need it.
The Year of Mercy rosary features beautiful blue beads, a colored symbol of the Jubilee and a silver-finished cross. It can make a wonderful gift for a fellow Christian or you could use it for yourself and keep it as a memento or add it to your rosary collection.
The Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC is happy to celebrate the Year of Mercy with you! You are always welcome to visit us in person and attend our sermons or take a tour of the monastery.