Bishop Zaidan has decreed the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon a Sanctuary of Pilgrimage and Indulgence for the Holy Year. Those who visit the Basilica Shrine will have the privilege of receiving special graces and indulgences during the Holy Year of Mercy.
In anticipation of the special time of grace during the Holy Year of Mercy, the Basilica Shrine plans to have a special Holy Door. A Holy Door symbolizes each Christian’s journey from sin to grace through Jesus Christ, the savior. The door will be sealed after the faithful enter at the 7 p.m. Traditional Latin mass on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It will be reopened one year later, on Nov. 20, 2016, as the faithful enter in thanksgiving to God for His blessings and graces.
During the Holy Year, various spiritual events will be planned to encourage and strengthen the faithful. Please watch the Basilica Shrine’s bulletin, website, and Facebook page for announcements of events.
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An Extraordinary Jubilee, A Holy Year of Mercy has been proclaimed by Pope Francis. It began on Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and will run through Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. For the Holy Year, the pope has given permission for the bishop of each diocese to designate a place of pilgrimage. Each place of pilgrimage will have a Holy Door for which a person can pass through to gain a plenary indulgence.
The Basilica & National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon has been blessed to become a place of pilgrimage for both the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon and for the Diocese of Youngstown.
The purpose of a Holy Year is to bring mankind closer to God. Each person is encouraged to take advantage of this unusual opportunity to heal their relationship with God and with others. The key words during this Holy Year will be mercy, repentance, confession, and conversion.
A Holy Door symbolizes a person’s journey from sin to grace; closing the door on the world and opening it to God’s will. During this Holy Year a person may receive a plenary indulgence by passing through the Holy Door and fulfilling the requirements. This indulgence can be received once a day. The requirements for gaining a plenary indulgence are as follows:
-be in a state of grace; that is, free from mortal sin
-be detached from sin, including venial sin
-pray for the Holy Father’s intentions; usually an Our Father & Hail Mary.
A plenary indulgence grants the receiver a remission of sin and the punishment due to that sin. Translation: no time in purgatory for sin committed up to the point of receiving the plenary indulgence.
The Basilica Shrine Holy Door is located at the southwest entrance. It displays the coat of arms of Pope Francis, Bishop Elias Zaidan, and that of the Basilica. The words “Porta Sancta” are written over the entrance. The Holy Door will be open during regular hours: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a. m to 5 p.m. Confession is offered a 1/2 before every liturgy or upon request. Liturgy is offered everyday but Thursday. Please see front of bulletin for more information.