The Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Year of Mercy is an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, declared by Pope Francis on the Feast of Divine Mercy (11th April 2015). He tells us that now is an important time and has described his own papacy as a “Kairos” of mercy which is a “privileged moment in God’s plan of salvation.” (Ines San Martin).
Pope Francis has “asked the Church to rediscover the richness
encompassed by the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.” In our school we hope to grow together in our understanding of God’s mercy for us and learn to show mercy to others more fully.
The Year is centered around the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica which will be opened on December 8th. Passing through the Door of Mercy is a sign that we want to accept God’s mercy, change our hearts and walk into God’s loving embrace. There will be a number of official Holy Doors open across the world where indulgences can be received. As a symbol of the Holy Door and entering a new relationship with Jesus, schools are invited to have their own symbolic ‘Holy Door’.
Celebrating Year of Mercy at our School
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears!
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary
The Westminster Schools’ Year of Mercy Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
And have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercessions of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
You who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.