Third in a continuing series of articles
Symbolic Holy Door of Mercy –
Merciful Like the Father
September 25, 2016
Pope Francis has announced 2016 to be an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, calling it The Year of Mercy, and has made the official motto, “Merciful Like The Father.” This Icon displayed in our Church was written in response to that proclamation.
This Icon shows Jesus the good shepherd standing in front of the Holy Door. The Holy Door is the northernmost entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica. The Door itself is rich in symbolism showing sixteen scenes. This Door is ordinarily cement shut, only to be opened during Jubilee years.
Jesus the Good Shepherd is carrying a lost soul. From Jesus comes red & white Divine Mercy rays. These rays extend down to figures who receive and convey His mercy. On the one side are Biblical men and women, who received mercy, all seven who are mentioned in the official Year of Mercy Prayer, which can be found in the vestibules of our Church. These Biblical men and women include Zaccheaus, the Samaritan woman, Magdalene, the adulteress, Peter after his betrayal, the good thief, and Matthew the tax collector, along with the prodigal son.
On the other side are great saints who shared the Father’s mercy including John Paul II, Teresa of Calcutta, Padre Pio, Faustina, Maximilian Kolbe, and Therese of Lisieux. Also with the saints are God’s people, who endeavor to share God’s mercy to those around them, no matter the cost. All of these people are under the mantle of Mary the Mother of Mercy, through whom the Holy Father has asked us to turn to for intercession.
Please take a moment to view and enjoy this Icon in our Church, and please take the time to turn often to Mary during this Year of Mercy, Our Mother of Mercy.