Extraordinary Jubilee: Year of Mercy


by Jean Grant

Help your students learn about the Extraordinary Jubilee: Year of Mercy with this prayer service.


Preparation: Choose two readers. Gather around the prayer service table. Have copies of this prayer service available for all. Have on hand a bell with a low tone, or a recording of a bell sounding. Suggested hymns: “River of Glory,” “Hosea,” or another with a similar theme of mercy.

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Leader: The theme of the extraordinary jubilee year is mercy and forgiveness. The sacrament of reconciliation is one of healing: healing of our relationship with God (the first three commandments) and our relationship with our fellow man (the final seven commandments).

Reader 1: The first three commandments speak of our relationship with God. Reflect on each and how we may hurt God by our casual disregard for his sacredness.
After each commandment is read, sound the low bell note one time.
I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me. (low bell, pause)
You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain. (low bell, pause)
You shall keep holy the Lord’s Day. (low bell, pause)

All: We promise to strive to hold you in deepest respect and love each day.

Reader 2: The fourth through tenth commandments deal with our relationships with others. Reflect upon the damage we do and the feelings we hurt by callous behavior. Help us to rise above “an eye for an eye” and be willing to offer mercy and peace to those who have left us hurt by their insensitivity.
After each commandment is read, sound the low bell note one time.
Honor your mother and father. (low bell, pause)

You shall not murder. (low bell, pause)
You shall not commit adultery. (low bell, pause)
You shall not steal. (low bell, pause)
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (low bell, pause)
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. (low bell, pause)
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. (low bell, pause)

All: We promise to put our pride, greed, jealousy, and selfishness aside. May we repent for our sins and cry out with a sincere heart for mercy for all those acts that have injured others because of our sinful choices.

Leader: As we pray throughout the liturgical year, let us recognize that we must “stay awake; be ready.” We cannot give in to sin and put off peace. Once baptized, we have accepted the challenge to be prepared for the second coming of the Lord, through harmonious relationships and sharing love with all.

All: A sincere Act of Contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to sin no more, to do penance, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
Closing song suggestion: “We Are the Light of the World.”

All: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, amen.

Source: Today’s Catholic Teacher, November/December 2015
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