I write with a question about the August 2 plenary indulgence. From the Enchiridion of Indulgences:
- Visit to the Parochial Church. PLENARY INDULGENCE is granted to those who devoutly visit the parochial church either on its titular feast or on the 2nd of August when the indulgence of the "Portiuncula" occurs. In visiting the church IT IS REQUIRED that one Our Father and the Creed be recited. Both indulgences can be acquired either on the day designated above or on some other day designated by the Ordinary (bishop) for the benefit of the faithful. The same indulgences apply to the Cathedral church and, where there is one, to a Co-Cathedral church, even if they are not parochial churches; they apply to quasi-parochial churches also.
When I attended Mass this morning, I was unaware of this indulgence. When I tried to return to the church near my office this afternoon, it was locked, so I said the Our Father and Creed on the steps of the church. Do you think that this counts for saying the prayers "*n visiting the church," as required for the indulgence?