JARO, Iloilo City, March 24, 2016 – In his Holy Week message, the archbishop here exhorted the faithful to take advantage of the Jubilee of Mercy, reminding them to reflect on the reality that “when we bring ourselves back to Christ, we bring many others back to Christ.”
Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo said that the Jubilee of Mercy “is deemed by the Church as a period for remission of sins and universal pardon focusing particularly on God’s forgiveness and mercy.”
Praying for mercy
The Iloilo prelate recommended an oft-repeated prayer in the Holy Mass that could help people dispose them better to receive divine mercy.
“In the Eucharistic celebration we have been used to pray “Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy”. In this year we should pray this with special personal attention to our need for mercy recognizing our individual sinfulness.”
Lagdameo also pointed out to the faithful the four “Jubilee Churches” in the Archdiocese.
By passing through their “Holy Door”, and fulfilling the usual conditions, the faithful can obtain plenary indulgence, which can be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the faithful departed.
Iloilo’s jubilee churches
According to the prelate the archdiocese’ jubilee churches are the follwing:
- National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles (Jaro Cathedral)
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Alta Tierra, Iloilo City)
- Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer (Leganes, lloilo)
- Parish Church of St. Anne (Molo, Iloilo City)
Conditions to receive plenary indulgence by passing through the said churches’ Holy Doors are the following:
- being in a state of grace
- an interior disposition of complete detachment from sin
- receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation
- reception of the Holy Eucharist
- praying for the intention of the Holy Father
Pope Francis, in his Bull of Indiction, “Misericordiae Vultus” (The Face of Mercy), declared 2016 an Extraordinary Year of Mercy. The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy started on Dec. 8, 2015, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and will end on Nov. 20, 2016, on the Feast of Christ the King. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)