Cardinal Tagle to open ‘Holy Door’ with poor, marginalized

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MANILA, Nov. 26, 2015– Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle with some city’s poor and marginalized will start the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the archdiocese by opening the Holy Door of the Manila Cathedral next month.

Fr. Reggie Malicdem, Chancellor, said the ceremony will start with a prayer service at the Plaza Roma, located in front of the cathedral, at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9.

From the plaza, Tagle will lead a procession towards the cathedral with several representatives from the marginalized sectors, lending the start of the Holy Year a symbolic gesture for a nation marred by poverty.

“Instead of the cardinal alone, he will be accompanied by a poor family, some youth and persons with disabilities in pushing the Holy Door,” said Malicdem, who is also the cathedral’s rector.

When the door is open, the cardinal will be the first to enter the cathedral and will be followed by the congregation to celebrate the Mass.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis will open the Jubilee Year of Mercy through the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 8, which falls on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

In Manila, organizers decided to start the celebration on Dec. 9 due to the availability of the cathedral at 3 p.m., the Hour of Great Mercy.

The Office of the Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization (PCNE), under the directorship of Fr. Jason Laguerta, is the archdiocese’s lead group for the Year of Mercy.

Laguerta invited the faithful to join in the opening of the Holy Doors of the other “Jubilee churches” in the archdiocese.

The schedule is as follows:

  • National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Makati City on Dec. 11,  3 p.m.
  • Santuario de Santo Cristo, San Juan City on Dec. 12,  5:30 p.m.
  • Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Mandaluyong City on Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Pasay City on Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m.

According to him, said it will be along year-long celebration with activities rooted and grounded on the theme, “Merciful Like My Father.”

“God himself is our model for mercy,” Laguerta said. “We know that the Church’s main task is to proclaim the Good News of the love of God… and love of God is specifically shown on the acts of mercy.” (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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