CONGREGATION FOR INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED LIFE
the night between December 24 and 25, 1999, before celebrating the Mass of the
Nativity of Our Lord, the Holy Father, John Paul II will open the Holy Door in
St. Peter's Basilica thus initiating the celebration of the bi-millenial Great
Jubilee of the birth of Christ, our Redeemer.
consecrated life, which in the Church represents "a
living tradition of life and of the message of our Saviour" (Vita
consecrata, 22) wishes to unite itself to every great celebration of the
Jubilee Year. However, it wishes to be one with both the universal church and
the particular churches in a special way on a day which itself is important to
this calling: February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the
Temple. For reasons that are particular to the mystery being celebrated,
beginning in 1997, John Paul II has wanted the Church to dedicate this as a
day of thanksgiving for the gift of the consecrated life. He has particularly
invited all consecrated persons to participate, with the people of God, in
this act of thanksgiving.
in the calendar for the Holy Year 2000, the 2nd of February will be dedicated,
both at Rome and in the particular churches, to the celebration of the Jubilee
of consecrated life.
order that all consecrated persons might prepare themselves in a worthy and
unified manner for this celebration, the Congregation for Institutes of
Consecrated Life and Societies of the Apostolic Life, has considered it timely
to offer an indicative booklet in anticipation of the 2nd of February, with
the celebration of three distinct and articulated moments of prayer which
surround key concepts proposed by the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Vita
consecrata: Vocation-consecration (App. I.A); Communion-ecumenism (App.
I.B); Mission-witness-martyrdom (App. I.C).
are three moments of preparation that can be used as a triduum or as a
suggested liturgy in individual locations. Whatever is selected, the triduum
can be celebrated during the days immediately preceding the 2nd of February:
from the 30th of January until the 1st of February. It should contain:
_ A thanksgiving celebration for
the gift of vocation with
the Vespers of Sunday, January 30th.
_ A pentitential celebration for
Monday, January 31st.
_ A community Eucharistic adoration for
Tuesday, February 1st.
preparation culminates on February 2nd with the
three texts of meditation, which are on the themes of vocation-consecration,
communion-ecumenism, and mission-witness-martyrdom, may be inserted into the
suitable adaptations, the celebration of these moments may be lived in
communities of consecrated life, in diverse institutes, in the diocese and at
the national level.
proposed indications are not binding but are offered as a help with a view
towards community celebration. Suitable commemorations will be prepared and
celebrated by consecrated persons, with booklets which are adapted to their
own culture and language. The Conferences of Major Superiors of men and of
women at the national level or the Commission for Consecrated Life in the
various dioceses may help with these.
is appropriate that these moments of preparation be lived by all consecrated
persons, in communion with the local church and in the presence of the Bishop
or his delegates, or with the Parish Priests and the Superiors of the various
Institutes. The celebrations should also include the presence of the faithful,
in such a way that the meaning of the consecrated life within the People of
God be manifested.
Rome, the Jubilee of February 2nd will
be preceded by three days of preparation.
evening, January 30th, the individual communities are invited to live the
Vespers celebration as a preparation for the gift of grace in which the Church
calls them to participate through the experience of the Jubilee.
the afternoon of January 31st, in the Paul VI Hall, the Congregation for
Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, in
collaboration with the Union of Superiors General (USG), the International
Union of Superiors General (UISG), and the World Conference of Secular
Institutes (CMIS), will organise a great act of prayer and of testimony as a "Path
of Light", "Walking in the Light"
(cfr VC, 40) in the pasqual mystery, lived in the Church by the
the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the First of February will be totally
dedicated to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in thanksgiving for the
great gift given to the church and the world in the Incarnation of the Word. "He,
who became incarnate in the womb of Mary twenty centuries ago, continues to
offer himself to humanity as a spring of divine life"
(Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 55).
2nd of February, as they surround the Holy Father, consecrated persons will
solemnly celebrate the Jubilee in St Peter's Basilica. The offerings from the
communities of the world will also be presented by the Presidents of the
Conferences of Consecrated Life at that time (cfr App. II).
Rome, 8 September 1999, on the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary.
Piergiorgio Silvano Nesti, C.P.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Triduum of preparation
January 30: Magnificat - Day dedicated to
January 31: Koinonia - Day dedicated to communion.
February 1: Eucharist - Day dedicated to
Feast of the Presentation of Our
February 2: Jubilee of the Consecrated Life