From the Rector: Conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Conclusion of the Jubilee year of Mercy and the closing of the Holy Doors.

Following the Prayer after Communion, the Bishop invites all those present to thank the Lord for all the spiritual gifts he has bestowed upon them during the Jubilee Year. He may do this in these or similar words:

Brothers and sisters,
let us joyfully thank God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
  Throughout this year of grace,
he has bestowed on us every heavenly blessing in Christ.
He has given us this precious time of mercy and conversion. 

Let us express our thanks and joy
in the words of the Virgin Mary, our Mother.
As we sing the Lord’s mercy extending to every generation,
let us ask him to pour out, like the morning dewfall, 
 that same mercy unceasingly upon the entire world. 

Bow down for the blessing. 

Show us your mercy, Lord,
and come to the aid of your people
who call upon you as their shepherd and guide; restore what you have created
and keep safe what you have restored.
rough Christ our Lord.

The Closing Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee in Local Churches 

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, + and the Son, + and the Holy + Spirit, come down on you and remain with you for ever.

After the blessing, the Deacon announces the dismissal as usual. If deemed appropriate, he may say: “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful. Go in peace.” the people reply: “Thanks be to God.” the assembly then goes forth, praising and thanking God.


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