THE HOLY DOOR

The sign of the Holy Door, so outstanding a sign of the Jubilee, evokes the passage from sin to grace which every Christian is called to accomplish. More…

VIRTUAL JUBILEE 2016

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Certificate of Participation

People from all around the world can also participate to the Jubilee 2016 virtually and they will be given a Virtual Participation Certificate. We understand that some pilgrims will be unable to make the trip to Rome to participate to the Jubilee, for this reason The-Jubilee2016.com has therefore instituted a Virtual Participation Certificate to allow people from all around the world similar opportunities as regular pilgrims. More…

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TERTIO MILLENNIO ADVENIENTE

POPE JOHN PAUL II

On preparation for the Jubilee of the Year 2000

 

On November 10th 1994, Pope John Paul II promulgated an Apostolic Letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, addressed to "the Bishops, the clergy and lay faithful on preparation for the Jubilee of the Year 2000". The document contains a brief introduction and five chapters. The introduction presents the main subject of the letter: the Jubilee is a celebration of the redeeming Incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.


CHAPTER I, JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY AND TODAY, explains the significance and importance of the birth of Christ. He, the Son of God, became one of us in order to reveal to us God's plan for the whole of creation, and for mankind in particular. This is the essential point which makes Christianity different from other religions: it is God who comes in search of mankind, and shows the way for us to reach him. The incarnation of Christ is God's coming, to show us that we have taken the wrong road.


CHAPTER II, THE JUBILEE OF THE YEAR 2000, explains the origin of a Holy Year and the deep significance of the Holy Year 2000 which would mark the end of one millennium and the beginning of another. With the Incarnation, God entered human history, eternity entered time: Christ is the Lord of time. In Christianity, time has a fundamental importance. Since God has entered our human time, there arises the duty to sanctify time. Then, we can understand the custom of Jubilees which began in Bible times and continues in the history of the Church. Jesus himself proclaims the year of the Lord's favour. For the Church the Jubilee is a year of special grace, of remission of sins and the punishment due to them, a year of reconciliation between disputing parties.


CHAPTER III, PREPARATION FOR THE GREAT JUBILEE, highlights the various events which can be seen as providential preparation for the Jubilee of the second Christian millennium. First of all the Second Vatican Council, an event focused on the mystery of Christ and his Church and at the same time open to the world. This openness was an evangelical response to recent changes in the world, including the profoundly disturbing experiences of the 20th century, experiences which demonstrate the world's need for purification. "The best preparation for the new millennium will be renewed commitment to apply the teachings of the Second Vatican Council to the life of every individual and of the whole Church," said Pope John Paul II. Other events seen as preparation for the Jubilee are the regular series of meetings of the Synod of Bishops, which can be universal, continental, regional, but also national and diocesan and which discuss and address various questions and matters regarding the life of the Church. The underlying theme of them all is evangelization, or rather the new evangelization. The Pope also affirms the important role of local Jubilees, in preparation for the Great Jubilee, heralded also by the extraordinary 1983 Holy Year of the Redemption, and the Marian year 1986-1987.


CHAPTER IV, IMMEDIATE PREPARATION, presents a specific programme of initiatives for preparation for the Jubilee, starting from an ante-preparatory phase (1994-1996) in which to revive in the Christian people an awareness of the value and meaning of the Jubilee of the Year 2000 in human history, and a three-year period (1997-1999) centred on Christ, the Son of God made Man, and so, Trinitarian. Reflection would therefore focus in 1997 on Christ; in 1998 on the Holy Spirit and in 1999 on God the Father, from whom the Lord was sent and to whom he has returned.