December 8, 2015- November 16, 2016
During a Jubilee Year the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome are
unsealed. Pilgrims from all over the world pass through The Holy Doors in order
to gain a Plenary Indulgence
For this Year of Mercy Pope Francis has invited all
cathedrals and basilicas to designate Holy Doors for pilgrims to visit.
Timothy Cardinal Dolan has chosen this basilica to have Holy Doors situated at the
Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood.
You are invited to become a pilgrim by originating your journay at the Basilica and making
your way five blocks south to Most Precious Blood. There you will pass through
the Holy Doors where you may gain a Plenary Indulgence*. You will be able to view a display
of the Nativity of Mercy, a collection of Neapolitan figureines that visually tell the story of the Good News of the Salvation.
The Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood will remain open 24/7 for the duration of the Year of Mercy.
*Plenary Indulgence: A baptized Catholic (free from mortal or grave sin) who have the intention of gaining the indulgence must:
Nativity of Mercy
An arrangement of figurines depicting the Birth of Christ surrounded by figures of ordinary people performing tasks of everyday life. It is a visual presenting reminding us that the Mercy of God relates to all people and that we must wear the dace of mercy ourselves.
Called a presepe in Italy, the figurines were crafted by La Scarabatola from Naples and curated by Binns Department Store in Williamsburg, Virginia. The artisans used a painting by Caravaggio, The Seven Acts of Mercy, as an inspiration for the presepe (http://www.artbible.info/art/large/691.html). The paint hangs today in the church of Pio Monte della Misericordia in Naples (http://www.piomontedellamisericordia.it/)
Want to be involved in the Year of Mercy? We are looking for Ambassadors of Mercy.
More information to come on events during the Year of Mercy, Nativity photos and Pilgrimage.