The Diocese of Des Moines
Closing Holy Doors in anticipation of the Jubilee of Mercy
December 3, 2015
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

This weekend, eight churches in our diocese will experience a special rite. At all of their Masses, they will be closing a door inside their church that will remain closed all week in anticipation of the launch Dec. 13 of the Jubilee of Mercy year. The doors that close in these churches will become Holy Doors, which open opportunities for grace and mercy during the jubilee year. The churches with holy doors are: St. Ambrose Cathedral, Basilica of St. John and Our Lady of the Americas in Des Moines; St. Patrick in Council Bluffs; St. Patrick in Bayard; Holy Spirit in Creston; St. Joseph in Earling; and St. Patrick in Imogene. The rite of closing the doors beautifully describes the symbolism.

We are all familiar with doors.
Every house, every building has a door…
it is used to come in.
A holy door in a place of pilgrimage
is a symbolic object that says,
“I want to continue my journey of faith.”

?At the threshold of the door stands Jesus with open arms, welcoming us, calling to all of us,
“Come to me.  I will give you love, truth, and new life."

When we come through this door with an open heart
and a sincere desire to encounter the Lord,
We open our lives to transformation and change.
and we will be filled with God’s abundant love and mercy.

On Dec. 5 & 6 we seal the Holy Door
in preparation for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
We will open it on Dec. 13,
along with all the cathedrals of the world.

?May the doors of our hearts be wide open to the Lord’s call.
And may the doors of all our parishes
be open to those who seek the living God.


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