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Year of Mercy – St Meinrad’s Archabbey


From St. Meinrad’s website comes this very exciting news for Catholics in the region:

The Saint Meinrad Archabbey Church will participate in a special way in the Holy Year of Mercy designated by Pope Francis. The jubilee year begins on December 8 and will conclude on November 20, 2016.

Catholics will be able to experience the spiritual benefits of this extraordinary jubilee year in various ways. They are also invited during the year to reach out with God’s mercy to people who experience needs of various sorts.

A centerpiece of the observance of the Holy Year of Mercy is Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin’s designation of two churches in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as pilgrimage sites that Catholics may visit to receive a plenary indulgence established by the Holy See for the jubilee year.

In addition to SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis, the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln at Saint Meinrad Archabbey was chosen.

A plenary indulgence is a full remission of the temporal punishment due for sins that have already been forgiven. Such an indulgence can be granted on behalf of the individual petitioner, another person or intention designated by the petitioner or for departed souls.

A central part of the ordinary way to receive the plenary indulgence established for the Holy Year of Mercy is to pass through the designated “holy doors” at one of the two pilgrimage churches in the archdiocese, recite a profession of faith (either the Apostles’ or Nicene Creed) and pray for the pope and his intentions.

Additionally, during the 20 days before or after passing through the holy doors, Catholics are required to be truly repentant of one’s sins and participate in the sacrament of penance, receive Communion and prayerfully reflect on mercy after receiving it.

At Saint Meinrad, the Holy Door will be ceremonially opened during the 9:30 a.m. (Central Time) Mass on Sunday, December 13. The Holy Door of Mercy will be the northernmost of the three main doors located at the west entrance to the church.

I last visited St Meinrad in 2010.  Looks like I’ll have to make another trip up there this coming year!

Thank you, Abp Tobin, for establishing TWO holy doors in your territorial bounds!  May the faithful of the region take full advantage of the spiritual blessings you offer!  I hope other bishops and archbishops around the country (and world) follow suit and provide the same to their flock.

Photo I took at St Meinrad’s, the last time I visited.

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