The Year of Mercy began when Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St Peter's Basilica on 8 December 2015.
In our archdiocese the Holy Door of St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception was opened on 13 December 2015.
If you want to know more about the Year of Mercy, see:
* the official website of the year of Mercy www.im.va
* letter of Pope Francis about the indulgence during the Year of Mercy
The prayer for the Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo as agreed in the AGM of Priests and of the laity:
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Lord Jesus, Redeemer of humankind. Graciously look upon us as we kneel before you. We offer ourselves to you so that we may be truly yours. We, therefore, dedicate ourselves today to your Most Sacred Heart, so that we may be united with you forever.
There are so many people who do not know you, Lord, and who despise your holy law. Have mercy on all your people and hide us all in your Most Sacred Heart.
Do not allow, Lord Jesus, that, we, who believe in you, be separated from you no matter what the circumstances.
When we were baptised, we renounced Satan and all his works, his power, as well as his vain joys. We reaffirm today, that same baptismal promise. We want to obey only you and your Holy Church always.
Give us, we pray, your mercy to strengthen us in our resolve to keep your commandments, and that we may love one another sincerely with all our hearts in order to have a share in your eternal happiness. Amen.
(Extract from the Ndebele Prayer and Hymn Book)