Preface to the Year of Mercy – #2

During the Holy Year of Mercy two diocesan shrine churches will be established: the Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist in Norwich and the Slipper Chapel at the National Shrine at Walsingham. Parishes, schools, groups and individuals may book and go on pilgrimage to either or both shrine churches. In them pilgrims can walk through a ‘Holy Door’ and thus, by the specified prayers, and the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist obtain the Jubilee plenary indulgence. The custom of crossing the threshold of a Holy Door is rich in meaning as a renewal of baptism. Jesus himself is the door, the way to heaven, the means to communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. To pass through the Holy Door is to profess our faith in Him, to cross from this world to the next and to leave behind the old way of life, restored to the holiness of our baptism.

 

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