On the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Brisbane, Vocation Brisbane has installed a heart sculpture bearing the title “HEART OF MERCY”.

In cities, particularly throughout Europe, there have been bridges where young couples go to clip locks to declare their commitment for one another – this sculpture will become such a location for the people of Brisbane this year. Not limited to romantic commitments, those discerning commitments to single, ordained, and the religious life will be encouraged to add their given lock to the Heart, and to say a prayer for their discernment, their vocation, and for a continually renewed understanding of the Mercy of God in this Extraordinary Jubilee.

The sculpture itself serves as a visual reminder of the merciful Sacred Heart of Jesus, standing visible to church-goers and passers-by alike. During this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to encounter the Mercy of God. Vocation Brisbane is encouraging visitors to the Precinct to clip their locks to the Vocation Brisbane Heart of Mercy and pray the HEART RITUAL – for those living out their baptismal vocation and for the enduring mercy of Christ in all our lives.

The Heart Ritual prayer reads:

Lord Jesus You are loving,

Your mercy endures forever.

You are compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, overflowing with love and faithfulness.

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

Turn to me and have mercy on me, forgive my sins and grant me the Grace to the life worthy of Your praise,

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord,

Amen.