|Pilgrims gather in the Our Lady of Joy Monastery in Lantau Island |
for the opening of the Holy Doors in the Year of Mercy
|Pilgrims attending the liturgy on 1 January|
During his homily, Bishop Lee reminded the 1000 plus faithful who gathered in the gardens of the Monastery that while passing through the Holy Doors, one should leave behind all that is not becoming of a true Christian and enter into a new life of grace and mercy of the Lord. Numerous priests and religious from across Hong Kong participated in the liturgy began at 3.00 pm.
A good number of parishioners of Epiphany Parish in Lantau Island participated in the liturgy as the Monastery is situated within the boundary of the Epiphany parish. Earlier in the morning, a group youth from St. Benedict Church in Shatin joined the parishioners of Mui Wo on a two-hours long pilgrimage walk to the Monastery.
|Confessions prior to the liturgy of the Opening of the Holy Doors|
Introducing the pilgrimage walk, Fr. Alberto addressed the pilgrims and said that we are all pilgrims on this planet and through our life in faith we progress every day towards our final destination.
|Fr. Alberto addressing the pilgrims in Epiphany Chapel |
before setting of for the monastery
|Pilgrims on their way|