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Bicentennial

On August 15, 2015 the Missionaries of the Precious Blood will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of their congregation by St. Gaspar del Bufalo. In recognition of this milestone in the history of their congregation the Missionaries of the Precious Blood invite you to access the materials posted in this section of the website and celebrate this Jubilee year with them by participating in various events and using published materials.

The idea of Jubilee is often thought of as an occasion to remember and to celebrate the anniversary of an important event or a significant day in the life of a nation, a business, a religious congregation or a person. In the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition the meaning of Jubilee is often connected with the Hebrew term Yobel, the action of sounding a ram’s horn or trumpet in a public arena.  As we prepare for the bicentennial of the founding of our Congregation we have an opportunity to appreciate the deeper meaning of Jubilee that is found in scripture and expand the way we observe and celebrate this important milestone in our history. There are five traditions that form the core of jubilee teaching:  Sabbath-rest/fallow land, forgiveness, freedom, justice and jubilation. The foundations for Jubilee are found in Leviticus 25, Isaiah 61 and Luke 4:16-20.