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).