A reminder to pass along:
There is a plenary indulgence in this Year of the Priest for certain works of prayer done on behalf of priests, including Mass. One of the days specially set aside for this is the first Thursday of the Month. As the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper is also a First Thursday, and as many of the faithful prepare themselves for Holy Week by sacramental confession, Holy Thursday would be an excellent time to remember this opportunity.
Here are some exerpts (boldface mine):
"…The Plenary Indulgence is granted to all the faithful who are truly repentant who, in church or in chapel,** devoutly attend the divine Sacrifice of Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church**, and any other good work which they have done on that day, so that he may sanctify them and form them in accordance with His Heart, as long as they have made expiation for their sins through sacramental confession and prayed in accordance with the Supreme Pontiff’s intentions:
on the days in which the Year for Priests begins and ends,
on the day of the 150th anniversary of the pious passing of St John Mary Vianney,
on the first Thursday of the month
or on any other day established by the local Ordinaries for the benefit of the faithful.
The Plenary Indulgence will likewise be granted to the elderly, the sick and all those who for any legitimate reason are confined to their homes who, with a mind detached from any sin and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, at home or wherever their impediment detains them, provided that on the above-mentioned days they recite prayers for the sanctification of priests and confidently offer the illnesses and hardships of their lives to God through Mary Queen of Apostles.
Lastly, the Partial Indulgence is granted to all the faithful every time they devoutly recite five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias, or another expressly approved prayer, in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to obtain that priests be preserved in purity and holiness of life.
This Decree is valid for the entire duration of the Year for Priests. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.
*Given in Rome, at the Offices of the Apostolic Penitentiary on 25 April, the Feast of St Mark the Evangelist, in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord 2009. *
Cardinal James Francis Stafford
- Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv.
Titular Bishop of Meta, Regent