The Holy Door - Year of Mercy


Why Are the Doors Sealed?

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four great basilicas in Rome.

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 to Rome during this Jubilee Year; however, you can make a pilgrimage at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis or at another local pilgrimage site.

The center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica were sealed on September 8, 2015, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Jubilee Year of Mercy which begins on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

The doors will be opened again on December 13, 2015.

For a longer explanation by Dr. Ed Hogan about the Sealing of the Doors, visit the Virtual Vestibule.


Jubilee Year of Mercy