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350 years of spiritual presence in Québec

All photos are by Daniel Abel unless otherwise indicated.

Passing through the Holy Door

On the occasion of the jubilee year celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Notre-Dame de Québec, North America’s first Catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies, the Holy See has granted the parish the special privilege of installing a Holy Door. This door—the first outside Europe and the only one in the Americas—will be the only Holy Door open in 2014.

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Picture : Daniel Abel

Hours:  : The Holy Door is open to visitors from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission : There is no charge for passing through the Holy Door. However, offerings for the conservation and upkeep of the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec and its works of art and religious heritage will be gratefully accepted.

How to visit the Holy Door

Visitors pass through the Holy Door from the outside.

Upon your arrival at the Cathedral-Basilica, start your visit in the Garden of the Jubilee to the left of the Cathedral-Basilica, where you can spend a few moments in contemplation to prepare for your experience.

Next follow the walkway leading to the Holy Door, and proceed through it.

The Holy Door leads into the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, which houses the relics of our forebears, the saints and blesseds of Canada who blazed a path of faith for us to follow. Take a moment to pray or meditate if you wish.

As you leave the chapel, you will meet a guide who will give you a pilgrim’s credential stamped with the seal of Notre-Dame de Québec as a remembrance of your visit. The credential describes the spiritual path you followed in passing through the Holy Door.

After proceeding through the Holy Door, you will be able to receive the sacrament of forgiveness. To further deepen your faith, you can attend mass, celebrated daily at 8:00 a.m. or 12:05 p.m., and/or complete your meditation by praying at the tomb of Blessed François de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec who also founded the Séminaire de Québec and the parish of Notre-Dame de Québec.

What is a Holy Door ?

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Pictures : Daniel Abel

A Holy Door is a symbol of oneness with the Universal Church. It is also a symbol of convocation, an invitation to persons of good will to enter, whatever their religious denominations.

It is a visual symbol of internal renewal, which begins with the willing desire to make peace with God, reconcile with your neighbors, restore in yourself everything that has been damaged in the past, and reshape your heart through conversion..

Cardinal-designate Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix

The Holy Door serves to remind today’s pilgrims of all those who came before us to bring the Catholic faith from France to “New France.” May it serve as a visible sign of faith for future generations.

LAUNCH OF 350th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AND OFFICAL OPENING OF THE HOLY DOOR

Watch the December 8 ceremonies for the inauguration of the Holy Door here.

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