In a liturgical action performed throughout the world on Dec. 8, Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed and then opened the front doors of St. Louis Louis Cathedral – the holy doors – to usher in the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis.
The archbishop said the journey through the holy door is a journey toward God’s infinite mercy.
About 500 worshipers attended the Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St. Louis Cathedral, which also marked the beginning of the Year of Mercy.
The jubilee year will run through Nov. 20, 2016.
“Mary is the mother of Mercy,” Archbishop Aymond said. “We are called this year to be mercifiul to ourselves. As the Lord jesus forgives us, we must forgive ourselves.”
The archbishop said the pilgrimage through the holy door is a symbol of people supporting each other and “seeking the mercy of God.”
“Pope Francis reminds us that God never tires of forgiving us, but we sometimes tire of asking God for forgiveness.”