Celebrate the Rite of Opening of the Door of Mercy in Local Churches

Jesus said, “I am the door” (John 10:7), bringing to fruition the words of the Psalmist, who said, “This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter” (see Psalm 118:20).

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter, December 8, 2015, marks the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is asking that in every diocese and in churches and shrines designated by the diocesan bishop, there will also be a celebration of the rite of opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church so all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in this Jubilee Year.

“The Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy in Local Churches” is found in Celebrating Mercy, one of the eight books designated as pastoral resources for living the Jubilee by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization and published in English worldwide exclusively by Our Sunday Visitor.

In special agreement with the Pontifical Council, however, Our Sunday Visitor is making available for free download to every English-speaking diocese worldwide a PDF of the “The Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy in Local Churches.” This rite is attached in its entirety here. It includes  

  • “The Rite of Introduction in the Stational Church”
  • “The Opening of the Jubilee Year in Churches and Shrines Designated by the Diocesan Bishop”
  • “The Closing Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee in Local Churches”

In the words of Pope Francis, “On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”

Yours in Christ’s mercy,

Greg Erlandson
Our Sunday Visitor

Also introducing the Year of Mercy book series

Our Sunday Visitor presents a series of eight books, promulgated by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which are the official catechetical resources for the Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016). Pope Francis will be speaking on these themes in his weekly catechesis throughout the year.

"At time we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives." -- Pope Francis