The faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to celebrate the opening of what Pope Francis has declared as an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Solemn Opening Mass and Opening of the Holy Door here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
5:30 p.m. (Confessions)
6:30 p.m. (Mass)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ends November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which is also the 50th anniversary of the Closing of the Second Vatican Council.
Passage through a Jubilee Holy Door is a sign of our decision to enter into the life of Jesus Christ and make the passage from sin to grace. During a Jubilee, pilgrimage to a Holy Door offers the possibility of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions.
All are invited to make a special pilgrimage to one or more of the Holy Hours of Mercy taking place in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia during the Jubilee Year. When we set our eyes upon Jesus in the Eucharist, we are setting our eyes on Mercy itself. A schedule of Holy Hours as well as liturgical recommendations and catechetical resources to assist in our Archdiocesan observance can be found on: www.archphila.org/mercy.