• The Archbishop designated seven church buildings as locations for the Holy Doors of Mercy.
  • These seven designated Holy Doors of Mercy will be opened on either a Feast Day or a Solemnity by one of our Bishops.
  • The following is a list of the designated Holy Door location with the respective dates and times of the openings.

A holy door or porta sancta was first used in the fifteenth century as a ritualistic expression of conversion. Pilgrims and penitents pass through a Holy Door as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light. Even today these rituals are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession, and indulgences.

The Holy Door only finds meaning when the believer associates the door with Christ. Jesus is the Door! In the words of Pope Francis, “There is only one way that opens wide the entrance into the life of communion with God: this is Jesus, the one and absolute way to salvation. To him alone can the words of the Psalmist be applied in full truth: ‘This is the door of the Lord where the just may enter’ (Ps 118:20).”

It is fitting that a Holy Door be situated within a church building. The door of the Church is the ianua ecclesia – “the silent witness to all the moments of our lives”

(USCCB, About the Jubilee Door, 1999).

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Archdiocese of Atlanta Year of Mercy Holy Door Brochure

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Our Holy Door Brochure in English

    Year of Mercy Door Schedule

    Door Location Celebrant Date Time

    Cathedral of Christ the King

    Archbishop Gregory

    12/8/2015

    12:10 PM

    Our Lady of the Americas

    Bishop Luis Zarama

    12/12/2015

    7:00 PM

    Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

    Bishop David Talley

    1/1/2016

    11:00 AM

    St. Philip Benizi 

    Archbishop Gregory

    1/25/2016 

    12:00 PM

    Monastery of the Holy Spirit

    Archbishop Gregory

    2/2/2016

    4:00 PM

    The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Bishop Luis Zarama

    2/2/2016

    12:10 PM

    Holy Vietnamese Martyrs

    Archbishop Gregory

    2/22/2016

    7:00 PM

    Indulgence and Conditions

    The Jubilee of Mercy, which is a season of grace, will offer the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence through works of mercy and charity culminating in passing through a Holy Door of Mercy. These pious exercises will accompany the prayer and celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist as concrete signs of conversion and “immersion” in the Mercy of the Father (Jubilee of Mercy, p 7). As Jesus told the disciples in John 20:23, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them…”

    An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven. A properly disposed member of the Christian faithful obtains an indulgence under certain and clearly defined conditions through the intervention of Holy Mother Church. As the minister of Redemption, the church dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the expiatory works of Christ and the saints.

    An indulgence is partial or plenary according to whether it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.

    For more on Indulgences see the Manual of Indulgences published by the USCCB and #1471-1479 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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