Thursday, November 08, 2012

Visit a Cathedral on Friday - plenary indulgence

Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace - Honolulu
Mahalo Mary Jane!

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who visit a cathedral on the feast of the dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour (November 9) and there recite an Our Father and the Creed. 
Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence: 
•  Do the work while in a state of grace, 
•  Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary 
indulgences may be earned per reception), 
•  Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per 
•  Pray for the pope's intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate 
prayer, is sufficient), 
•  Have no attachment to sin (even venial) - i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian 
makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin. 
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a 
state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence. 
Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may
earn indulgences.
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the
work or to the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the
hour of one's own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.
If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work
can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot
perform them due to legitimate obstacles.
In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while
the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression
or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the
day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.


Maryellen said...

Hi Esther,
It's wonderful that you have this information to post.
I'm sure it's related to our Year of Faith somehow.

Please tell me what is the source, and how may I find similar articles. ?


EC Gefroh said...

Hi Maryellen, this was shared by a friend who is a devout Catholic. I will have to ask her and get back to you.

God bless,