The 2016 Lenten app from Catholic youth network Xt3 is calling on Catholics to open wide the doors of mercy this Lent.
The app, which is available around the world, continues Pope Francis’ message in this Jubilee Year of Mercy.
In his 2016 Lenten message, Pope Francis said he would “send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness”.
“The season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy,” he said.
Australian Catholic band Emmanuel Worship has joined the Xt3 project, performing their song Above the Broken in an online promotional video.
The video also showcases a series of artwork and photographs, all on the theme of mercy, which are featured in the app.
The Xt3 Lent Calendar sets out to inspire through Gospel readings, podcasts, videos, and reflections, and encourages acts of service by suggesting a new Lenten act each day.
Xt3 administrator and content manager Laura Bradley said the 2016 version of the app would be “a terrific resource”.
“A special feature of this year’s Lent Calendar App is the Holy Year of Mercy podcast, which includes a series of reflections on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by clergy, consecrated men and women and lay people from around Sydney.”
The app also includes a reflection on what the Year of Mercy means for the Church and how to obtain a plenary indulgence during this Jubilee Year.
The 2015 version of the app was downloaded more than 5000 times during the first week of Lent.
Ms Bradley expects a boost in figures this year as a result of the tie-in with the Year of Mercy.
The first stage of content will be released on Ash Wednesday, 10 February, with a new image and reflection revealed each day throughout Easter until Divine Mercy Sunday.
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