May we meet You, through Christ the Door, in the Holy Spirit, during the Great JUBILEE 2000!
"Ever since the night of Bethlehem, humanity knows that God became Man: he became Man in order to give man a share in his divine nature.
You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!
On the threshold of the third millennium, the Church greets you, the Son of God, who have come into the world to triumph over death. You have come to illuminate human life through the Gospel. The Church greets you and with you she wishes to enter the third millennium.
You are our hope.
You alone have words of eternal life.
You who came into the world on Bethlehem night, remain with us!
You who are the Way, and the Truth, and the Life, guide us!
You who came from the Father, lead us to him in the Holy Spirit, along the path which you alone know and which you have revealed to us, that we might have life and have it in abundance.
You, O Christ, the Son of the living God, be for us the Door!
Be for us the true Door, symbolized by the door which on this Night we have solemnly opened!
Be for us the Door which leads us into the mystery of the Father.
Grant that no one may remain outside his embrace of mercy and peace!
...Mary, dawn of the new times, be at our side as we trustingly take our first steps into the Jubilee Year! Amen!"
(From the homily of Pope John Paul II, Midnight Mass after Opening Holy Door)
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