Karachi: The closing of the Holy Door in the Archdiocese took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the eve of Sunday, November 13th, 2016. His Grace Archbishop Joseph Coutts presided the Eucharistic Celebration. Also present at this occasion were the Clergy of Karachi Diocese and a large number of faithful from all over Karachi.
His Grace Archbishop Joseph Coutts while speaking in his homily addressed the faithful that Pope Francis will be closing the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica – Rome on the Feast of Christ the King. Today all over the world in all the Cathedral and Basilica’s the Holy Door is being closed.
“Closing the door of Mercy does not mean God’s mercy is over. The church had set a time to focus on how merciful and loving our God is and that we too should also be the same. The slogan set for the year of mercy was “Be merciful as the Father is merciful!” There is no limit to God’s mercy. We too should be merciful just as our Heavenly Father is merciful and compassionate. At every Eucharistic Celebration in the second part of the liturgy i.e. the Eucharistic Prayer we confide that it is right that we give thanks to God, because everywhere and every time we give thanks to God for his wonderful work of Salvation”.
“When a person does something good for us, the first impression out of gladness is that we felicitate that person by saying thank you. In the same way we too should not hesitate to give thanks to God because he is and will always be merciful to us till the end. We should always offer our praise and thanks to him.”, he concluded.
His Grace then invited Sr. Reena and Ms. Hinato sing a psalm of thanksgiving to God for his countless mercy and love.
Rev. Fr. Anthony Ibraz invited the choir to sing The Magnificant after which the clergy and faithful gathered near the Holy Door. Archbishop Joseph Coutts imparted his blessings and closed the Holy Door while the choir sang the recessional hymn.