On 20th March 2016, Bishop Peter launched the Year of Mercy in our Eparchy. Holy Doors were opened in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Perth.

In Victoria, copies of the official icon of the “Mother of Mercy” were installed at the North Melbourne Cathedral and a pilgrim copy was taken to our Geelong Parish. This icon will be in Geelong for a few months and then will be taken to Ardeer, Noble Park, Wodonga, and Hobart. This icon has become a popular focus of prayer for our faithful in North Melbourne and Geelong.

As part of our celebration of the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father has invited all faithful to pass through the “Holy Doors” at least once during this year.

On Saturday, 14th May, the parishioners of Ardeer organized just such a pilgrimage to the Cathedral. The pilgrimage started with a prayer at the Holy Door, the opening of the door, and a procession into the Cathedral which was led by Bishop Peter and Fr. Zenon Chorkawyj. During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Peter explained the significance and importance of the Jubilee Year. He urged the pilgrims to be merciful to themselves and to others. A Moleben to the Mother of God followed after the Liturgy. It was a very spiritually uplifting day for those present.

The Cathedral now waits for similar pilgrimages from the other parishes in Victoria. The icon of the “Mother of Mercy” will travel to Hobart on 21st June.


Pictures: Steve Starek