Jubilee Year of Mercy Preparations Begin Tuesday in Archdiocese of St. Louis
Community Relations Specialist
Doors of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to be sealed in special ceremony
What: Sealing the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, September 8th, after the 12:05 p.m. Mass
Who: Bishop Edward Rice and the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Why: To prepare local Catholics for Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis
ST. LOUIS – The center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be sealed in a special ceremony after the 12:05 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year, or Holy Year, begins worldwide on December 8, 2015. Bishop Edward Rice will offer Mass and conduct the ceremony to seal the doors. The doors will be opened again on December 13, 2015.
In April, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015, with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will end on November 20, 2016, on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations.
Most Catholics will be unable to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year to visit the four major basilicas in Rome. However, Catholics can make a pilgrimage to minor basilicas, including the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, or other local pilgrimage sites.
More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a list of local pilgrimage sites, can be found at archstl.org/mercy.