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About the Holy Door Indulgence for the Year of Mercy

Editor's Note: The Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln will be available through the Year of Mercy

Indulgences are the remission before God, and by His grace, of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. The faithful Christian who is duly disposed – i.e., loves God, detests sin, places trust in the merits of Christ – gains the indulgence under prescribed conditions for either himself or the departed.

An indulgence is either plenary or partial, that is, it frees a person either from all or from some of the temporal punishment due to sins. To receive a plenary indulgence, it is required that all attachment to sin be absent from the person’s will.  If one is unable to receive a plenary indulgence then he or she still receives a partial indulgence in proportion to his or her contrition of heart.

Requirements for the Holy Door Indulgence:
    1. Pass through the Jubilee Holy Door
    2. Make a profession of faith (Nicene or Apostle’s Creed)
    3. Make a short reflection on mercy
    4. Sacramental confession, reception of the Holy Eucharist,
        and prayer for Pope’s intentions*

* Sacramental confession may be made several days before or after. A single confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences, but Holy Communion must be received and prayers for the Pope’s intentions recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence. The condition of praying for the Pope’s intentions is fully satisfied by reciting one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary.” A plenary indulgence may be gained only once each day.

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