1 Sep 2016
Miraculous Medal Shrine’s Holy Door for the Jubilee Year of Mercy — Closing Ceremony is November 18!
Jubilee Holy Door is Open at the Miraculous Medal Shrine
at the 12:05pm Mass
Plan a Pilgrimage to The Miraculous Medal Shrine
to Experience God’s Mercy
in This Year of Mercy!
The Miraculous Medal Shrine’s Holy Door is open for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We were granted this privilege, along with all the Shrines in the Philadelphia area, in order to make this extraordinary gift of God’s mercy available to more people.
Background: Pope Francis declared the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began December 8, 2015, and will end November 20, 2016. The Miraculous Medal Shrine’s Holy Door will close on November 18, 2016, at the 12:05pm Mass.
Passage through a Jubilee Holy Door is an outward sign of a person’s decision to enter into the life of Jesus Christ and make the passage from sin to grace.
During a Jubilee Year, pilgrimage to a Holy Door offers the possibility of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions: the person must be detached from all sin, perform the work (in this case, prayerfully walking through the Holy Door), or saying the prayer for which the indulgence is granted, and receive sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and pray for the intentions of the Pope.
“I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved… John 10:9The Miraculous Medal Shrine has been granted the privilege of opening a Holy Door for the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Shrine opened the Holy Door on Monday, December 14, 2015, at the 12:05pm Mass. Fr. Carl Pieber, CM, Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, was the celebrant, and he opened the Shrine’s two center doors, which face E. Chelten Avenue. It was the first Shrine in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to open a Holy Door for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to reflect on the mercy of God in their life, and how they can be the mercy of God for others,” said Fr. Carl Pieber, CM.
Pope Francis began the Jubilee Year by opening the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 8, 2015. Following the opening of the Door in Rome, Bishops throughout the world opened Holy Doors at the Cathedrals in their Dioceses, followed by the opening of Holy Doors at designated Shrines and churches.
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul was the first to open its Holy Door on December 13; in addition to the Miraculous Medal Shrine, the other Philadelphia-area Shrines opening Holy Doors include: St. Rita of Cascia, St. Katharine Drexel, Our Lady of Czestochowa, St. John Neumann, as well as St. Barnabas Parish, in Philadelphia.
The Churches and Shrines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will each host a Holy Hour of Mercy at various times throughout the year. The Miraculous Medal Shrine’s Holy Hour of Mercy is scheduled for January 25, 2016, beginning at 6:30pm.
For more information, including a schedule of Door Openings and Holy Hours as well as liturgical recommendations and catechetical resources to assist Philadelphia-area Catholics in their Archdiocesan observance, please visit: www.archphila.org/mercy.
“I am the door.
By me, if any man enter in,
he shall be saved;
and he shall go in, and go out,
and shall find pastures.”
Go through the door of Mercy; put your past behind you! Accompany Jesus to your new life in Christ. And, as always, Our Blessed Mother, who is Mother of Mercy, will be here to help you!