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You are invited to the closing celebration of the jubilee year of the 350th anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec, Sunday, December 28, 2014, at 7 pm, in the Basilica-cathedral of Notre-Dame de Québec.

It is during this celebration of thanksgiving that will officially be closed the Holy Door. Subsequently, Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada will preside the Solemn Vespers of the Feast of the Holy Family.

The church will open at 6 pm for the celebration of 7 pm. 1000 seats are available, first come, first served. Yhe celebration will be broadcast live over the internet www.ecdq.tv and radio on Radio Galileo (90.9 Quebec Beauce 102.5; 106.7 Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean)

Please note: The last opportunity to take the Holy Door will be Sunday, December 28, from 8:45 am to 4 pm. For the occasion, an animation adapted to families will take place in the afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm. The Holy Door will remain available in the future to venerate and to pray. But it will just reopen during a jubilee year, propably in 2025.

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The last day of Jubilee, the last day of novena is the day we close the Holy Door. Let us remember all the pilgrims and all visitors, of any origin and every confession, who crossed the Holy Door. Ritual recalling all crossings of life, happy or difficult, where hope and faith are the light that is calling us and guiding us.

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On September 14, 2014, Pope Francis delivered us a message through his Special Envoy, His Eminence Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Cardinal of San Cristóbal of Havana, who presided the celebration, attended by the Bishops of Canada. Holding this celebration was an extraordinary privilege that granted us Pope Francis who recognizes the historical role of Notre-Dame de Québec. That is why he gave us the right to build the 7th Holy Door in the world. In the same spirit, he welcomed the opening of the Jubilee on December 8, 2013, at the Angelus pronounced on the St. Peter's Square in Rome.


"(...) More than 400 years ago, on this exuberant landscape of lakes and mountains, woods and meadows of this wonderful land of Canada, white or green, red and yellow, was erected the Cross of Christ (... ) by the evangelists of the first hour (...). They were martyred, years before the creation of the parish of Notre-Dame de Québec (...) leaving the country to every son and daughter of the working people, brave and fortified of New France, who coped in the harsh climate and avatars of a particular history, full of changes (...) in which the Christian faith was the flame to warm cold hearts, the light through the shadows of the long winters that prevented us to lose sight of family love, personal and social value of work, solidarity to keep our culture, language and beautiful traditions. »

His Eminence Jaime Lucas Ortega di Alamino, Cardinal of Havana


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day seven

In the 7th day novena, let us remember the Dedication of Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral-basilica celebrated by His Excellence Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, on Friday July 11, 2014, in the Basilica Cathedral Notre Dame de Québec. The consecration, or dedication, is the ritual by which a church is dedicated to the service of God, thus making it a sacred site. During this celebration, Archbishop Bonazzi delivered a homily filled of great delicacy and of a beautiful heart intelligence, reporting extracts of a letter from the Premier of Quebec to the Apostolic Nuncio, is questioning the importance the unifying faith.


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On 18 December of the year (...) 1664, a comet appeared in Quebec City’s sky, around midnight, which appeared until six in the morning and continued for some time (...). On December 27 1664, the moon was seen, after midnight, surprisingly, because half was red as blood, and the other half so bright that it dazzled the eyes. Strange phenomenons around Christmas day, were seen with their own eyes by François de Laval and Marie of the Incarnation, among the major founding pioneers. Their story is an exceptional testimony of perseverance, determination and faith. Both were canonized on April 3, 2014, by Pope Francis.




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The Youth Summit is a national gathering where meet young adults aged 18 to 35 who wish to deepen and live their Christian faith. Under the theme "Ephphatha! Open!" the Youth Summit 2014 made the connection with the celebrations of the 350th, the inauguration and opening of the Holy Door: the Holy Door is opened to let in the pilgrim and to let out the missionary! More than 300 young people gathered in Quebec City during the long weekend of May 16 to 19.


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Novane 4 250x400dAY FOUR


In this 4th day of novena, we applaud the fact that the 350th aroused great openness of heart, bringing visitors and pilgrims to generously share common places of faith. Celebrations, pilgrimages and ecumenical events, in a spirit of welcoming and sharing.

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In this 3rd day of novena, we remember the time spent on pilgrimages. At the opening of the Holy Door in our very cold winter, visitors and pilgrims were at the rendez vous. The day before Ash Wednesday, we live our pilgrimage meditating in the Garden Jubilee, then passing the Holy Door, seventh in the world, the only one out of Europe. Crossing the Holy Door, one has the feeling of being part of a great event, unique and universal peace carrier.

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In this 2nd day of novena, we remember the GRAND OPENING of the new Museum Notre-Dame de Québec. An exhibition that revealed the wealth of a unique and exceptional heritage carefully preserved by Notre-Dame de Québec for 350 years. These objects reflect the glory days and difficult days of a new nation in evolution. They are presented to the public for the first time!

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first day

In this 1st day of novena we remember the OPENING of the Holy Door. This celebration was a magical moment that set the tone for a whole welcoming year of all people of good will, without discrimination and without judgment. An opening of the heart and mind, a warmth, a shared faith.

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christmas MASSes programming

This time of the year is one of prayer and celebration. Know everything you need on the Christmas Masses programming at the end of a great Jubilee.



Cardinal OrtegaOn Sunday, September 14, at 14h, Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, invites everyone to come and listen to the message that Pope Francis wishes to deliver us.
It is his special envoy, His Eminence Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of San Cristóbal de la Habana, which we will forward that message, then he will chair the Pontifical Mass in the presence of the Bishops of Canada.


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Hours:  : From September 2 to December 27, the Holy Door is open from  8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and to 16:45 on Saturdays and Sundays. On December 28, during a celebration, the Holy Door will be closed and sealed until the next Holy Year of the Roman Catholic Church, around 2025. Meantime, it becomes object of piety, as well as the other holy doors of Europe.

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


What is a Holy Door?


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.


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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.


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

Bishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix met Pope Francis

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January 25, 1627
Louis Hébert, apothecary, the first farmer in Nouvelle-France, dies following a fall on the ice.

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