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.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Resources for the Year Of Mercy
Vatican Link: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Pilgrimage Churches for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
The year of mercy has begun informally with the Holy Father opening of the doors in Bangui. On December 8, the formal opening of the Door of Mercy will take place at the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran. The Third Sunday of Advent, the holy door will be opened in every cathedral church and designated pilgrimage church throughout the world.
Having Crossed the Doorway
Once they have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father” – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”).
San Gabriel Pastoral Region
Resurrection Parish – Los Angeles
San Gabriel Mission – San Gabriel
Immaculate Conception – Monrovia
St. Lorenzo Ruiz – Walnut
San Fernando Pastoral Region
Our Lady of Lourdes – Northridge
St. Mary – Palmdale
Holy Family – Glendale
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – Sun Valley
Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region
Christ the King – Hollywood
Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral – Los Angeles
St. John Chrysostom – Inglewood
St. Joan of Arc – Los Angeles
San Pedro Pastoral Region
St. Dominic Savio – Bellflower
St. Mary of the Assumption – Whittier
American Martyrs – Manhattan Beach
St. Anthony – Long Beach
Santa Barbara Pastoral Region
St. Louis De Montfort – Santa Maria
St. Raphael – Goleta
Santa Clara – Oxnard