In the lead-up to the Jubilee Year of 2025, Pope Francis has called for 2024 to be a Year of Prayer. He writes:

“In this time of preparation, I would greatly desire that we devote 2024, the year preceding the Jubilee event, to a great “symphony” of prayer. Prayer, above all else, to renew our desire to be in the presence of the Lord, to listen to him and to adore him. Prayer, moreover, to thank God for the many gifts of his love for us and to praise his work in creation, which summons everyone to respect it and to take concrete and responsible steps to protect it. Prayer as the expression of a single “heart and soul” (cf. Acts 4:32), which then translates into solidarity and the sharing of our daily bread. Prayer that makes it possible for every man and woman in this world to turn to the one God and to reveal to him what lies hidden in the depths of their heart. Prayer as the royal road to holiness, which enables us to be contemplative even in the midst of activity.”

We are now in the Year of Prayer [2024] in preparation for the Jubilee Year 2025 – Pilgrims of Hope. As part of the Shrine’s programme for the Year of Prayer, the Jubilee Prayer is offered each afternoon, and the afternoon period of adoration and devotions is designated for this year of Jubilee preparation:

 We hope that you will join the Shrine, in-person or online, throughout this Year of Prayer as we strive to raise our hearts and minds to God in preparation for the 2025 celebration of the great Jubilee Year.