Holy Doors Will Open to Year of Mercy: Where to Find them in the Tristate
Every cathedral in the world will open a Holy Door today or Sunday for the Year of Mercy, a historic occasion that will begin today with Pope Francis opening the Holy Door at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral church of Rome.
Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy begins today, most Holy Doors will be opened on Sunday, and some (including several doors in the Diocese of Covington) later this month.
Today, Pope Francis will celebrate both the beginning of the Year of Mercy and the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council in a ceremony that will include readings from the Council’s four main documents (Dei Verbum, Lumen gentium, Sacrosanctum concilium, and Gaudium et spes) and other sources. He will also open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Sunday, the doors at Rome’s three other major basilicas (St. Peter’s, St. Mary Major, and St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls) will be opened. The Holy Doors at all four basilicas were uncovered last week in a ceremony called the “recognitio.” All four doors are bricked or walled up between Holy Years.
Holy Doors at other cathedrals are not bricked up because they are used as regular doors between Holy Years, and most are never set aside as even temporary Holy Doors. When Pope Francis declared the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, he asked every cathedral in the world to designate a Holy Door — the first time in the history of the Church that this has happened.
All Catholics are encouraged to make pilgrimages to their cathedrals during the Year of Mercy, and many bishops have also designated additional pilgrim churches, each with their own Door of Mercy for pilgrims to walk through. The Tristate’s pilgrim churches, and the dates their doors will be opened to begin pilgrimages, are:
The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Downtown): 11 am Mass Sunday (Archbishop Schnurr will celebrate)
St. Leo the Great Church (South Fairmount/Cincinnati): 10:30 am Mass Sunday
The Monastery of St. Clare (Cincinnati): before 9 am Mass Sunday
St. Helen Church (Dayton): 10:30 am Mass Sunday
St. Mary Church (Dayton): 9:45 am Mass Sunday
Holy Angels Church (Sidney): Noon Mass Sunday
Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics (Maria Stein): 1 pm Sunday (Bishop Binzer will celebrate)
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington): 3 pm Vespers Sunday (Bishop Foys will celebrate)
Divine Mercy Church (Bellevue): 3 pm Vespers Dec. 20
St. John Church (Carrollton): 3 pm Dec. 20
St. Patrick Church (Maysville): 3 pm Dec. 20
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