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Holy Door Installation
Northampton Cathedral 2015
This holy door portal was commissioned by the Diocese of Northampton and officially opened by Bishop Peter Doyle on December 8th, 2015. It remained in place for a year in acknowledgement of Pope Francis' declaration of 2015 - 2016 as a special "Year of Mercy".
The holy door portal at Northampton Cathedral took its inspiration from the holy door at St Peter's in Rome. The scale and size of the stone architrave around the doors in Rome is replicated and constructed in timber and painted festive liturgical colours of golden yellow (bounty of god), red (holy spirit) and green (hope). Actual size graphic photos of the holy doors in Rome line the portal. The original doors in Rome are made of bronze and it's panels portray scenes of man's sin and his redemption through God's mercy
The ritual for opening the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome goes back to 1499 when Pope Alexander VI opened the door on Christmas Eve to inaugurate the Holy Year 1500. The Holy Door is opened to evoke the concept of forgiveness. Still today, Holy Year pilgrims enter the basilicas in Rome through the Holy Door as a sign of their repentance and recommitment to a life of faith.