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).

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Opening of the Jubilee of the Order

EIGHT HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONFIRMATION OF THE ORDER

Sent to preach the gospel

If our Jubilee invites us to return to the origins of the Order, paradoxically it is so that we will remember how St. Dominic sent out his first friars from their house, their family, and their nation so as to discover the joy and freedom of itinerancy.

ACP Trogir,

40 Prot. 50/15/680 Jubilee_2016

Dear brothers and sisters,

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» .

The general chapter of Trogir have chosen as the theme of the Jubilee year of the Order “Sent to preach the Gospel” (ACG Trogir 2013, 50) and invite us to reflect on the following questions: For whom are we sent? To whom are we sent? With whom? What do we bring by being sent? This same chapter has given an answer to this last question: we are sent to preach the good news of the resurrection of Christ. We believe that his Resurrection is the definitive revelation of the Father’s love for Jesus and for the world. The resurrection of Christ is the clearest revelation of “the mercy of God for the poor”. Preach the resurrection is to preach a new path of friendship with God. It is this grace that made Saint Dominic into an exemplary preacher, “the preacher of grace”.  This happy coincidence therefore allows us to unite our Jubilee year with the Jubilee of the Church -the preachers of the Gospel are the preachers of grace, and the preachers of grace are the preachers of the mercy of God.

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Practical guide to “The Path of Saint Dominic”

From the Dominican Website:

During the Jubilee year, different groups of pilgrims will visit the places connected with the life of Saint Dominic and the foundation of the Order, especially in Spain, France and Italy to explore “The Path of Dominic”. This is a way of entering into contact with the sources of the Dominican spirituality and charisma.

Therefore, the Coordinator of the Jubilee, in collaboration with the provincial promoters of the Jubilee, has published a guide with practical information directed to pilgrims and visitors. There is a detailed list of places you can visit, means of transportation and contact persons. The online version of the Guide in English can be downloaded by clicking here.

The provinces, promoters and Dominican groups who wish to print and distribute the guide, can request for a ready-to-print file from the Coordinator of the Jubilee, fr Franklin Biutrago Rojas : iubileum2016@curia.op.org