Prayer for the Year of Mercy

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Pray­er for the Year of Mer­cy

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be mer­ci­ful like the hea­ven­ly Fat­her, and have told us that who­e­ver sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zaccha­eus and Matt­hew from being enslaved by money; the adul­ter­ess and Mag­da­le­ne from seeking hap­pi­ness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assu­red Para­di­se to the repen­tant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spo­ke to the Sama­ri­tan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visib­le face of the invi­sib­le Fat­her, of the God who mani­fests his power abo­ve all by for­gi­ve­ness and mer­cy: let the Church be your visib­le face in the world, its Lord risen and glo­ri­fied.
You wil­led that your minis­ters would also be clot­hed in weak­ness in order that they may feel com­pas­sion for those in igno­ran­ce and error: let eve­ryone who approa­ches them feel sought after, loved, and for­gi­ven by God.
Send your Spi­rit and con­secrate eve­ry one of us with its anoin­ting, so that the Jubi­lee of Mer­cy may be a year of gra­ce from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed ent­hus­i­asm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liber­ty to cap­ti­ves and the oppressed, and resto­re sight to the blind.
We ask this through the inter­ces­sion of Mary, Mot­her of Mer­cy,
you who live and reign with the Fat­her and the Holy Spi­rit for ever and ever.