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The Jubilee celebration, an explanation.

1997  The Year of our Lord Jesus

1998  The Year of the Holy Spirit

1999  The Year of God the Father  

Hope For The Great Jubilee Year 2000

The Holy Father asked for a New Evangelization to usher in the Great Jubilee Year 2000, the 2000th birthday of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our Bishops entrusted the New Evangelization to Our Lady of Guadalupe. They said, "We entrust our commitment to giving birth with new fervor to the life of the gospel in our hemisphere, to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. She truly was the first Christ-bearer; by her maternal intercession, may her faithful sons and daughters be renewed and discover afresh the joy and splendor and promise of bearing bearers of the good news."

Our Lady of Guadalupe told Father Gobbi of the Marian Movement of Priests,

"My great victory against all the Masonic and Satanic forces will begin from here (the Basilica Shrine), for the greatest triumph of my Son Jesus. I confirm to you that by the Great Jubilee Year 2000, there will take place the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart, of which I foretold you at Fatima, and this will come to pass with the return of Jesus in glory, to establish His Reign in the world."

May we walk in step with the Holy Father on Our Lady of Guadalupe's path toward the Great Jubilee Year 2000!  


A World Celebrating His Birth and Message

In the words of Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio Adveniente:

The term Jubilee speaks of joy, not just an inner joy, but a jubilation which is manifested outwardly, for the coming of God is also an outward, visible, audible and tangible event.... the year 2000 will be celebrated as the Great Jubilee).... a commitment to justice and peace in a world like ours, marked by so many conflicts and intolerable social and economic inequalities, is a necessary condition for the preparation and celebration of the jubilee. Thus, in the spirit of the book of Leviticus (25:8-12), Christians will have to raise their voice on behalf of all the poor of the world, proposing the jubilee as an appropriate time to give thought, among other things, to reducing substantially, if not canceling outright, the international debt which seriously threatens the future of many nations.   


The Jubilee Logo of the Universal Church  

Within a sphere formed by black capitals letters which read "Jubilaeum A.D. 2000", on a background of a blue circle, representing the earth, there is a cross sustaining humanity on the five continents represented by five doves of different colors. The cross is made up of the same colors as the doves to indicate the mystery of the Incarnation: Christ takes on our human condition, "becoming like us". God enters the history of humanity, redeeming it. A point of light coming from the center of the Cross reminds us that Christ is the light of the world, He is the Savior and He never changes as indicated by the four Latin words "Christ, yesterday, today, forever" within the blue globe. The circle formed by the five continents recalls the spirit of solidarity with which the Church desires to celebrate the Jubilee. The bright colors, green, yellow, amber, blue and grey forming a harmonious whole, indicate the joy and peace proper to the Jubilee celebrations.

The logo was designed by Emanuela Rocchi, a 22 year-old art student enrolled at the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato and a committed member of Catholic Action since she was a child. She comes from Umbria, the beautiful region of Italy that claims Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi.


Holy Spirit, most welcome guest of our hearts, reveal to us the profound meaning of the Great Jubilee and prepare our hearts to celebrate it with faith, in the hope which does not disappoint, in the love which seeks nothing in return.

Spirit of truth, you who search the depths of God, memory and prophecy in the Church, lead mankind to recognize in Jesus of Nazareth the Lord of glory, the Savior of the world, the supreme fulfillment of history.

Come, Spirit of love and peace!

Creator Spirit, hidden builder of the Kingdom, by the power of your saints guide the Church to cross with courage the threshold of the new millennium and to carry to the coming generations the light of the Word who brings salvation.

Spirit of holiness, divine breath which moves the universe, come and renew the face of the earth. Awaken in Christians a desire for full unity, that they may be for the world an effective sign and instrument of intimate union with God and of the unity of the whole human race.

Come, Spirit of love and peace!

Spirit of communion, soul and strength of the Church, grant that wealth of charisms and ministries may contribute to the unity of the Body of Christ; grant that laity, consecrated persons and ordained ministers may work together in harmony to build the one Kingdom of God.

Spirit of consolation, unfailing source of joy and peace, inspire solidarity with the poor, grant the sick the strength they need, pour our trust and hope upon those experiencing trials, awaken in all hearts a commitment to a better future.

Come, Spirit of love and peace!

Spirit of wisdom, inspiration of minds and hearts, direct science and technology to the service of life, justice and peace. Render fruitful our dialogue with the followers of other religions, lead the different cultures to appreciate the values of the Gospel.

Spirit of life, by whose power the Word was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the woman of attentive silence, make us docile to the promptings of your love and ever ready to accept the signs of the times which you place along the paths of history.

Come, Spirit of love and peace!

To you, Spirit of love, with the Almighty Father and the Only-Begotten Son, be praise, honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

Jubilee Prayer (Brother Barry Donaghue, cfc) 

Jesus, your whole life was a jubilee, bringing reconciliation and healing through the living water of love which leads to justice, leads to peace.

At this time of Jubilee, may we live your compassion for those who are oppressed, walking with you from Galilee to Jerusalem to challenge the structures of fear. Amen. 




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