As I’ve shared previously, Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year for 2025 with the theme of “Pilgrims of Hope.” In preparation for the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis asked Catholics to prepare by dedicating time in 2023 to studying the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope Francis has called for 2024 to be a Year of Prayer. The Jubilee website suggests the following:
In preparation for the Jubilee, dioceses are invited to promote initiatives to remind people of the centrality of both individual prayer and community prayer. One idea might be for “pilgrimages of prayer” to be organized at a diocesan level – these would be effectively courses or ‘schools of prayer’ with monthly or weekly meetings, presided over by the local bishops, but open to the entire People of God. In addition, to help mark this year more fruitfully, the Dicastery for Evangelization will publish a series of “Prayer Notebooks”, with material taken from the many forms of prayer to be found in the rich Catholic tradition.
Of course, Loyola Press is here for you, with a plethora of online prayer resources including children’s prayers, contemporary prayers, family prayers, Ignatian prayer, and traditional Catholic prayers. Check out, too, the books available for people at any stage of a prayer life.
Since the U.S. is celebrating a Eucharistic Revival with its climax taking place in July, 2024, my guess is that we won’t hear a lot about the Jubilee Year until after that July event takes place and we get closer to the opening of the Jubilee. Whichever way you choose to place your focus, you can’t go wrong as we seek to strengthen our relationship with the Lord through a deeper appreciation for the Eucharist and a more profound sense of hope!