Info for the Marian Jubilee


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 “We cross the Holy Door of Mercy

with the certainty that the Virgin Mother accompanies us,

the Holy Mother of God, who intercedes for us.

Let us permit ourselves to be accompanied by her

to rediscover the beauty of encountering her Son Jesus.

(Pope Francis) 



From 7 to 9 October in this Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, the Marian Jubilee will take place in Rome, an event that will unite ecclesial groups animated by a particular devotion to the Most Holy Virgin Mary.  All the faithful can participate in the event, especially those who are connected to Marian associations, movements and groups, Marian families associated with religious orders, and parishes and shrines dedicated to Our Lady.

To participate, groups and individuals are invited to register at the following site.

Beginning on Saturday, 1 October, the tickets for the activities planned for Saturday, 8 October and Sunday, 9 October will be available for participants at the Pilgrimage Welcome Center (Via della Conciliazione, 7).  Concelebration tickets will also be available for priests who intend to concelebrate the Mass on Sunday, 9 October.  Priests must show their Celebret card to receive a concelebration ticket.

The Pilgrimage Welcome Center is open every day from 7:30 to 18:30. We remind everyone that the tickets are completely free.


Friday, 7 October


Groups of pilgrims and individual participants may choose to take part in the following activities planned for the evening of Friday, 7 October, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary:

-         Solemn celebration of the Eucharist in honor of Our Lady at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, at 18:00. Pilgrims may also cross through the Holy Door of the Basilica.  No tickets are needed to enter.  We suggest arriving early to allow time for security checks.  Please also be aware that there are a limited number of seats in the Basilica.

-         Recitation of the Holy Rosary. During the Jubilee of Mercy, the Rosary is prayed every evening in Saint Peter’s Square. On Friday, 7 October, as part of the Marian Jubilee, the time of the Rosary has been changed to 19:00. The Pontifical Delegation for the Sanctuary of our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii will lead the Rosary.  They will be coming to Rome bringing the image of Our Lady under this title that is very dear to the Italian people.  After the Rosary, they will lead the traditional Supplication to Our Lady of Pompeii.  Entrance to the Square will be open to all, and no ticket is needed.

-  Between 20:00 and 24:00 pilgrims are invited to go to one of the three Jubilee Churches designated for the Holy Year by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, where there will be the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and time for Eucharistic Adoration.  The presence of confessors in various languages, ready to welcome pilgrims, is guaranteed in each of the Churches.  Every group or individual participant is free to plan how to spend this “night of reconciliation”.  The following are the Jubilee Churches:

  - Santa Maria in Valicella (Chiesa Nuova)

  - San Salvatore in Lauro


Saturday, 8 October


On the morning of Saturday, 8 October, groups of pilgrims or individual participants are free to organize their own pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, or to one of the other Major Basilicas. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration will continue in the Jubilee Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia (Via dei Penitenzieri 12)  

In the afternoon, all participants are invited to gather in Saint Peter’s Square for an intense period of prayer.  Pilgrims, carrying the correct tickets, can enter the Square beginning at 14:00.

This time of prayer will begin with Marian songs and prayers, during which there will be a procession of delegations from national communities in Italy and from Marian Shrines. The procession will conclude with the icon Salus Populi Romani.  The Prayer Vigil will follow, at which the Holy Father will be present.


Sunday, 9 October


The Marian Jubilee will conclude on Sunday, 9 October with the solemn celebration of the Eucharist by the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square, at 10:30. Pilgrims, carrying the correct tickets, can enter the Square beginning at 7:30.

Priests who want to concelebrate are asked to follow the instructions on their concelebration ticket.








18:00  Solemn Mass in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major


Ore 19:00  Recitation of the Rosary in Saint Peter’s Square, followed by the Prayer to the Queen of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii


From 20:00 to 24:00 Night of Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation

                                The Jubilee Churches will remain open for Confessions

                                 - Santa Maria in Valicella (Chiesa Nuova)

                                 - San Salvatore in Lauro





From 7:00 to 12:00  Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of the Four Major Basilicas

Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia


14:00  Entrance into Saint Peter’s Square with prayer and Marian hymns


16:30   Procession of Marian Delegations from national communities and Shrines


17:30   Prayer vigil in Saint Peter’s Square with Pope Francis





10:30 Holy Mass with Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square