Mercy that fosters Peace
Sunday August 7, 2016, will be our annual Pilgrimage for Peace. This Holy Year of Mercy, we commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Portiuncula Pardon, which St Francis of Assisi requested for those who would come to the Portiuncula Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi. This pardon has been extended to anyone who visits any Franciscan church.
The Portiuncula is a “little portion” of land with a small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels. Here the early friars met each year, Clare was received by Francis, and Francis embraced Sister Death. The Portiuncola is the cradle of the Franciscan movement.
The Pilgrimage for Peace is held on the grounds of Holy Dormition Friary, 712 State Hwy 93 at Main Street, Sybertsville, PA 18251.
- 10am Matins
- 11am-1pm Food Service
- noon Holy Anointing
- 1pm Divine Liturgy with Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Eparchy of Passaic
- 2:30-5pm Food Service
- 3:30-4:30pm Children’s Program
- 4-4:30pm Spiritual Talk by Fr Edward Tlucek, OFM, vicar provincial of Assumption BVM Province, which includes Holy Dormition Friary. Fr Ed has assisted at Byzantine parishes for several years; he is a native of Wilkes-Barre.
- 5pm Vespers
- Confession/Penance will be available
The Portiuncula Pardon: Receiving an Indulgence
If you would like to receive the Portiuncula Indulgence in a Franciscan Church, after you enter the church, you should say a profession of faith and an Our Father, pray for the intentions of the Pope, and also within eight (8) days before or after entering the church, receive Confession and attend Divine Liturgy (Eucharist) and receive Holy Communion.
With the Our Father, we affirm that we are God’s children in Baptism. We say a profession of faith to affirm and remember our Christian identity. Praying for the Pope, we recognize our membership in the Catholic Church. By receiving that “second baptism” called Confession, we humbly acknowledge our failings and our dependence on God our Father to help us to live better. We also seek a deeper unity in Christ and seal our Confession by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ when we participate in the Divine Liturgy or Mass (Eucharist).
When St Francis asked for this pardon, he asked “not for years, but for souls.” Therefore, this indulgence is a generous experience of God’s mercy. May we who receive this mercy also be generous in forgiving others, as we pray, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Portiuncola photo credit: By zyance (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.