It has been too long since I’ve really posted anything on a regular or semi-regular basis. I do hope to post more during the rest of this year and into the next.
On the feast day of the Maternity of St. Anne (the Immaculate Conception in the West), Pope Francis inaugurated an extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The Byzantine Catholic Church, being in communion with the Holy Father, likewise has entered into this year of Mercy.
Our Metropolitan William opened the Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Pittsburgh, PA. and made the following proclamation:
On December 13, 2015, in communion with our Holy Father Francis, Pope of Rome, I solemnly proclaim a Jubilee of Mercy in the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, by the opening of this Holy Door at the Cathedral of SaintJohn the Baptist in Munhall, Pennsylvania.
In union with the Holy Father, I urge all the faithful of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh to seek the graces this Holy Year offers, through passing through these doors, prayer, sacramental confession of their sins, the worthy reception of Holy Communion and a renewed dedication to the practice of mercy in their daily lives.
Metropolitan William calls all the faithful put into practice themes of the Jubilee of Mercy. He tells us to pass through Holy Doors, which can be found throughout the US. So, we are called to be pilgrims to these Churches dedicated by the local Church as centers of mercy.
He then calls us to penance. The Mystery of Penance is the sacrament of Mercy. In this sacrament, we receive the mercy of God through the absolution given by the priest.
The Metropolitan then calls us to a worthy reception of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is God made present to us and is the ultimate sign of God’s mercy to all mankind. So, being properly prepared to receive the Eucharist through prayer, fasting, and confession of sin is important to receiving the Eucharist.
As other Byzantine Catholic Bishops make proclamations on the Year of Mercy, I will post them.
Pray for me.