Vatican Announces Year of Prayer in Anticipation of 2025 Jubilee Year

Pope Francis has declared the commencement of the Year of Prayer, beginning January 21, as a spiritual preparation for the Catholic Church’s upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative, which was revealed during his Angelus address, emphasizes the profound significance and essential need for prayer in personal life, within the Church, and across the globe.

“Dear brothers and sisters, the coming months will lead us to the opening of the Holy Door, marking the onset of the jubilee,” Pope Francis articulated from the Apostolic Palace. He urged the faithful to strengthen their prayers, preparing to embrace this grace-filled event and experience the transformative power of God’s hope.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is set to release resources aiding Catholic communities to engage deeply in the Year of Prayer. Additionally, a press conference regarding this special year is scheduled, tomorrow, January 23, as announced by the Holy See Press Office.

Rome, the Eternal City, alongside the Vatican, anticipates welcoming of approximately 35 million visitors for the 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope. This event marks the first ordinary jubilee since the Great Jubilee of 2000. Jubilees, rooted in biblical tradition, are significant holy years of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church, typically occurring every 25 years, while extraordinary jubilees can be declared more frequently, as seen in the 2016 Year of Mercy and the 2013 Year of Faith.

Historically, jubilees trace back to the Book of Leviticus, which called for their celebration every 50 years, signifying the liberation of slaves and debt forgiveness as expressions of Divine Mercy. This practice was revitalized by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300.

The upcoming Jubilee Year, spanning from December 24, 2024 (Christmas Eve) to January 6, 2026, is centered around the Holy Doors. Located in St. Peter’s Basilica and other major basilicas in Rome, these doors are traditionally sealed and only opened during jubilee years. Their opening symbolizes an extraordinary pathway to salvation for Catholics, with pilgrims passing through them for a plenary indulgence, under established conditions.

The announcement of the Year of Prayer was made following Pope Francis’ Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Sunday of the Word of God. In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, he emphasized the joy and mission of Jesus in bringing salvation to all. “And in every word and deed with which we join with him in the beautiful adventure of giving love, light, and joy, these virtues multiply not only around us but also within us,” he added, underscoring the transformative power of active faith and love in everyday life. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from the Vatican News)

 

 

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