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Holy Year

n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a period of remission from sin, esp one granted every 25 years

Ho′ly Year`



n.
a Roman Catholic jubilee year.
[1920–25]
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Noun1.Holy Year - (Roman Catholic Church) a period of remission from sin (usually granted every 25 years)
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
twelvemonth, year, yr - a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days; "she is 4 years old"; "in the year 1920"
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Holy Years normally take place every 25 years unless a pope decrees an extraordinary one to bring attention to a particular need or topic, such as this one on the theme of mercy.
Granting of special indulgences for the remission of sins during Catholic holy years is a traditional practice, but in the past it normally required a visit to one or more of the papal basilicas in Rome.
Holy Years allow the faithful to receive special indulgences, ways to repair the damage of sin beyond the absolution granted by going to confession.
This arrival of pilgrims has followed a seasonal behaviour, where the holy years have been preceded and followed by a timid and variable flow.
By 1342 Pope Clemente V reduced the period between holy years to a half a century.
Groups of pilgrims, especially from confraternities affiliated with those in Rome, were regularly met by bands of musicians who accompanied them to their lodgings and to the major basilicas--particularly during Holy Years.
Adopting the motto "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," the pope proclaimed 1925, 1929, and 1933 Holy Years.