2025 Pilgrims of Hope Jubilee

Pope Francis has announced that 2025 will be a year of Jubilee – an event that happens every 25 years. The theme for the upcoming Jubilee is “Pilgrims of Hope”.

The 2025 Jubilee will begin in Advent 2024 and will run until the Feast of the Epiphany in 2026.

Although this is a global celebration, Pope Francis invites dioceses throughout the world to mark the Jubilee in their own unique way and we look forward to sharing a whole range of different activities, events, and resources with you during the Jubilee year.

What is a Jubilee?

Taking place every 25 years, a Jubilee year is a tradition that is recognised and respected throughout the world as being a significant part of the history of our faith.

Excluding the Extraordinary Year of Mercy in 2015, the last Jubilee year took place in 2000, marking an historic moment as the Church entered into her third millennium.

A Jubilee is a special year of grace, in which the Catholic Church offers the faithful the possibility of asking for a plenary indulgence – a remission of sins for themselves or deceased loved ones.

The year begins with the well-known custom of the opening of the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica, following the other three papal basilicas in Rome. The Pope grants permission for Holy Doors to be situated throughout the world for Catholics everywhere to take part in this most special rite.

Click here to read more about Jubilee in the Catholic Church. 

Year of Prayer

In preparation for the 2025 “Pilgrims of Hope” Jubilee, Pope Francis has designated 2024 as a Year of Prayer, beginning this Advent.

During this year, we are encouraged to deepen our commitment to prayer and to accompany others in their own prayer life, as well as going back to basics to reflect on how and why we pray.

The year will have a special focus on the Our Father. Here in the Diocese of Salford, we are celebrating the start of this Year of Prayer by bringing different areas of the diocese together in prayer, using the words Jesus Himself taught us.

Watch the video below to pray along with us now:

How to get involved

As we begin together this Year of Prayer, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in your parishes, schools, and at home.

Need some ideas? Take a look at some of the ideas below to help you on your way and don’t forget to keep us updated at communications@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

  • Begin a parish or deanery prayer group
  • Give particular focus to The Lord’s Prayer during Mass by singing the Our Father
  • Consinder introducing special opportunities for prayer, such as a Quarant’ore, a Holy Hour, or Nightfever
  • Organise a Walk for Creation prayer walk in your parish. Click here to download your copy.

  • Ask your parish priest if you could hold a regular prayer service in your parish during the Year of Prayer
  • Organise a Walk for Creation in your school grounds. Click here for primary or here for secondary.
  • Pray the Rosary as a school community, with each class praying a different decade
  • Learn a sung or signed version of The Lord’s Prayer
  • Create a Board of Hope: Ask pupils in your school to draw or write about what their hopes are for the future and put these on display to pray over during the Year of Prayer.

  • Place your Bible, Book of Psalms, Book of Gospels, or Prayer Book in a prominent place at home
  • Begin or increase prayer time as a family, especially at the start and end of the day and before meal times
  • Give each person in your family a day where they choose who or what the family will pray for that day
  • Embracing the theme of hope, ask people in your family what they have been grateful for that week and what their hopes are for the coming week.
  • Embark on a scripture challenge: Set aside a period of time (a week, nine days, two weeks, or a month) to read and reflect on a passage of scripture each day. Open your Bible at a random page and read a passage that draws your eye. Take time to reflect on the passage, read again, and reflect once more. Write down your thoughts in a reflection diary and reflect on the key themes and thoughts at the end of that period of time.

Further Resources

Please explore the drop downs below for further resources.

Read more about what Pope Francis has to say about the 2025 Pilgrims of Hope Jubilee by clicking here.

For more information about the 2025 Jubilee, please visit the official Vatican website.

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales has pulled together a number of resources to help you further explore the themes of a Jubilee.

The Year of Jubilee

Jubilee and the Teachings of Jesus

Unpacking the Jubilee

Links and ideas for Jubilee issues

Constitutions of Vatican II

Reflection and Social Action Guide

Please click here to read the official prayer for the 2025 “Pilgrims of Hope” Jubilee.

There is also a hymn for the 2025 Jubilee Hymn, which you can listen here.

The Vatican has released a special logo to celebrate the 2025 Pilgrims of Hope Jubilee.

 

Jubilee Logo shows four shapes in blue, green, orange, and red, which look like people holding a cross but also like sails of a ship. Underneath, there are waves and an anchor - the symbol of the 2025 Jubilee. In the top left are the words "Jubilee 2025" and bottom right are the words "Pilgrims of Hope"