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Opening Mass for the Dominican Jubilee

After years of preparations, the Jubilee Door has finally been opened and the celebration of the Jubilee of the Eighth Centenary of the Order has commenced. It was a day of great joy for the multitude that gathered from different parts of the world at the Convent and Basilica of Santa Sabina for the Opening Mass.

The Mass was presided over by the Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré. He was assisted by fr Vivian Boland (his vicar), fr Michael Anthony Perry (Superior General of the Franciscans Friars Minor) and a large number of priests (Dominicans and non-Dominicans). The crowd which overwhelmed the preparations made by the organizers was made up of all branches of the Dominican family and friends.

The Liturgy was filled with unique and symbolic rites to mark the great event we are celebrating. At the beginning, there was the symbolic opening of the ancient door of the Basilica by fr Bruno in the name of the entire Dominican family signifying the opening of the Jubilee. Right there at the door, he lighted a large candle (like the Easter Candle) beautifully decorated with the symbols of the Jubilee. This reminds us of the fact that St Dominic has always been associated with light and he is known as the “Light of the Church” (Lumen Ecclesiae).

Opening of the Jubilee of the Order

It is with great joy that I write this letter to announce the opening and the program of the Jubilee of the eight-hundred years of the confirmation of the Order of Preachers that we will be celebrating from the 7th of November 2015 until the 21st of January 2017 (cf. ACG Trogir 58, 3). This celebration of 800 years of the confirmation of our Order will coincide with that of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy announced by Pope Francis.

Preachers of Mercy

The happy coincidence of these two Jubilees so dear to our history, our life and Dominican mission, to us this means a special call to renew our ministry of the Word, during the celebration of our eight-hundredth anniversary, around the specific mission of the Church: «announce the mercy of God, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person» .

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