Holy Doors

pope-holy-doorWhy should you walk through a Holy Door?

A plenary indulgence! And what’s that you ask? It’s the remission of temporal punishment for sins forgiven in confession is offered to those who walk through the doors, receive Eucharist and reconciliation, pray for the intention of the popes, and perform an act of mercy. Pope Francis said, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.” Doors are very symbolic. They can represent passage: sin to redemption, life to death, disbelief to faith, and so on. Jesus describes himself as The Door. People have to enter through Christ to get to the Father. A Holy Door is a path to salvation.

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Where Can You Find a Holy Door?

In this Jubilee Year, Pope Francis has invited each of us to participate in a pilgrimage to a Holy Door. If you can’t get to Rome to visit the original Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, this year (until Nov. 20, 2016), eight churches in the Des Moines Diocese have been chosen as Holy Door sites. Those sites include:

  1. Cathedral of St. Ambrose, Des Moines
  2. Basilica of St. John, Des Moines
  3. Our Lady of the Americas, Des Moines
  4. Patrick, Bayard
  5. Patrick, Council Bluffs
  6. Holy Spirit, Creston
  7. Joseph, Earling
  8. Patrick, Imogene

Watch future bulletins for information on how to make a Holy Door pilgrimage and opportunities to join St. Mary’s parishioners on some in the Des Moines area. If you prefer to venture out on your own, you can find hours and contact information by clicking here.

How Do You Make a Holy Door Pilgrimage?

Visit a pilgrimage church!  In order to receive a plenary indulgence by visiting one of these designated churches, Catholics being in a state of grace, need to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Pass through the Holy Doors with a willingness to change and grow in your faith.
  • Make a profession of faith in the church. Pray for the Pope’s intentions and the Pope himself by praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. You may also include the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, or the Jubilee Prayer written by Pope Francis.
  • Meditate on mercy while participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and receiving Communion during a period; either 20 days before or after visiting the pilgrimage church for each indulgence.
  • Seek mercy and freedom from attachment to sin.

For more information on how to make a pilgrimage (also for the sick, elderly, or incarcerated) click here or here.