The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced that this Sunday, Nov.13, one week before the feast of Christ the King, the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas will be closed.
St. John Lateran’s will be closed at 5.30 p.m. Holy Mass, St. Mary Major, at 6 p.m. Mass,
and St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, at 5 p.m., Vespers and Holy Mass.
The cardinals to represent the Pope in the rites are the archpriests of the three basilicas, as follows:
- Cardinal Agostino Vallini, archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran
- Cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló, archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major
- Cardinal James Michael Harvey, archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls
The Year of Mercy will come to a close the next Sunday, the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20.
In the bull announcing the jubilee, Pope Francis wrote:
The Jubilee year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. On that day, as we seal the Holy Door, we shall be filled, above all, with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity for having granted us an extraordinary time of grace. We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!
“It is proper to God to exercise mercy, and he manifests his omnipotence particularly in this way”. Saint Thomas Aquinas’ words show that God’s mercy, rather than a sign of weakness, is the mark of his omnipotence. For this reason the liturgy, in one of its most ancient collects, has us pray: “O God, who reveal your power above all in your mercy and forgiveness …” Throughout the history of humanity, God will always be the One who is present, close, provident, holy, and merciful.