Pastoral letter of Bishop David for Sunday, November 29, 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In union with the Catholic Church around the world, with joy we begin the Holy Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis proclaimed in his letter, MISERICORDIÆ VULTUS, on 11th of April 2015. The Year of Mercy begins in Rome with the opening of the Holy doors on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary on the coming December 8, and on the Sunday after that, the third Sunday of Advent, the bishops around the world will officially begin the Holy Year of Mercy in their dioceses. The Holy Year of Mercy lasts till November 20th, 2016.
The Year of Mercy is first and foremost an invitation of the Church to all people to open their souls for the mercy of God and also to be merciful ... as our Father is merciful ... (Lk 6,36). The main door to our houses of God in the country, parish churches and other selected holy places, give us access to the grace and mercy of the Lord and seem to tell us: “This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” (Gen 28,17).
In the power of my apostolic ministry, which was assigned to me as your Bishop, I have decided that a plenary indulgence can be achieved at the following locations:
1. The Basilica and Cathedral of Christ the King in Landakot, Reykjavík (Túngötu 13).
2. The Church of Our Lady Stella Maris in Breiðholt, Reykjavík (Raufarseli 4).
3. St. Joseph᾿s Church in Jófríðarstaðir, Hafnarfjörður.
4. The Church of St. John Paul II in Ásbrú, Reykjanesbær (Keilisbraut 775).
5. St. Peter᾿s Church in Akureyri (Hrafnagilsstræti 2).
6. St. Thorlak᾿s Church in Reyðarfjörður (Kollaleira).
7. The Chapel in Karmelklaustur, Hafnarfjörður (Ölduslóð 37).
8. The Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Stykkishólmur (Austurgata 7).
9. St. John᾿s Chapel in Ísafjörður (Mjallargötu 9).
10. The Corpus Christi-Chapel in Egilsstaðir (Lagarási 18).
11. Church of the Holy Family and St. John Mary Vianney in Höfn in Hornafjörður (Hafnargötu 40).
12 It will also be possible to obtain the indulgence of the Holy year at Maríulind in Hellnar (Snæfellsnes).
To obtain this plenary indulgence one must:
1. go to one of the above-mentioned locations,
2. have an attitude and desire to win indulgences (e.g. through invocation: Holy God, holy Mighty One, holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world),
3. be in God᾿s grace,
4. receive the Eucharist on that day,
5. confess ones faith (e.g. by reciting the Creed) and to pray Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father for the prayer intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
It would be very interesting if we in one year could visit all the places of mercy in the country. The booklet called Passport to Mercy, which is available from your priests, can at the same time be an encouragement and of comfort on our pilgrimage. The grace of God is given to those who sincerely believe and strive to obtain his mercy, and in addition to that, those who have visited all the places, will get an extra sign of appreciation at the Bishop᾿s Office. Mother of mercy, pray for us!
In joy and in the hope that the Holy Year of Mercy will bring new life and new power to our diocese, I give you my Apostolic Blessing.
... And pray for me! I really need it.
+ David, your Bishop