Plenary Indulgence (how To Obtain It)



The Portiuncula (small portion) refers to the land in Assisi, Italy, that belonged to the Benedictines.

On this land was an old church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God but abandoned.

The great St. Francis had great devotion to the queen of the world and when he saw that the church was deserted, he began to live there constantly and repair it. He heard that the angels often visited it, so that it was called St. Mary of the Angels.

The Benedictines wanted to give Francis the church but in order to remain faithful to Lady Poverty, Francis rented it from them with the annual compensation of a basket of fish from the Tescio river.

Here is where Francis began his service to Christ and His Church. Here Francis founded his Order, received Clare as his spiritual daughter, and where he died commending this spot above all others to the friars.

St. Francis had great love and compassion for everyone.

On a night of July, 1216, Francis was praying in the little church of the Portiuncula devoured by love for God and a thirst to save souls. He prayed for the forgiveness of sins of mankind.

Suddenly a brilliant light shone all around. In great splendor Jesus and Mary appeared in the midst of a dazzling cloud surrounded by a multitude of radiant angels.

Out of fear and reverence, St. Francis adored Our Lord prostrate upon the ground.

Then Jesus said to him: “Francis you are very zealous for the good of souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation.” St. Francis was rapt in ecstasy before Jesus.

When he regained his courage he said:

“Lord, I a miserable sinner beg You to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. And I beg Blessed Mary, your Mother, intercessor of man, that she intercede on behalf of this grace.”

Our Lady at once began to beseech her son on behalf of Francis. Jesus answered:

“It is a very great thing that which you ask Me; but you are worthy of even greater things, Friar Francis, and greater things you will have. So I accept your request, but I want you to go to my Vicar, to whom I have given the power to bind and loose in Heaven and on earth, to ask him on my behalf for this indulgence.”

With one of his companions, Francis hastened to Pope Honorius III and prostrate implored him to proclaim that every one visiting the church and confessing their sins with a contrite heart would be as pure from all sin and punishments as he was immediately after baptism. The Pope granted this petition. This indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world.

The date was set from vespers of the first of August until sundown on the second of August, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. It is said that St. Francis was given this day by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of St. Peter celebrated on August first is the day Peter was released from prison and his chains removed. This is an extraordinary demonstration of God’s mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by completing its requirements.

The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) as follows:
– Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during eight days before or after.)

– Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist

– Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the Pope’s Intention.

The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to miss not only for yourself but for the many suffering souls in Purgatory.

Mark your calendar for the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels beginning on the First of August to August 2.

Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift. Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God.

In the words of St. Francis: O my Brothers and Sisters, I want you all to go to Heaven!


Indulgence Offered for Lourdes Jubilee: Faithful Invited to Visit Where “Her Feet Trod”

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 5, 2007 ( Benedict XVI will grant the faithful a plenary indulgence for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes.

The Holy See published a decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary today, stating that a plenary indulgence is granted to faithful who take part in the jubilee year, which will begin Saturday, and last through Dec. 8, 2008.
The decree was by Cardinal James Stafford and Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, major penitentiary and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, respectively.

The decrees states: "The forthcoming 150th anniversary of the day in which Mary Most Holy, revealing herself as the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous, wished a shrine to be erected and venerated in the place known as ‘Massabielle’ in the town of Lourdes calls to mind the innumerable series of prodigies through which the supernatural life of souls and the health of bodies has drawn great advantage from the omnipotent goodness of God.
"Indeed, by venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary in the place ‘upon which her feet trod,’ the faithful draw nourishment from the Holy Sacraments, expressing the firm intention to lead in the future Christian lives of increasing faithfulness."
The text recalled that "in the year 1858 Mary Most Holy showed herself to …] Bernadette Soubirous using the words of the dogmatic definition: ‘I am the Immaculate Conception.’"
The Immaculate Conception was defined a dogma on Dec. 8, 1854.

The decree continues: "Benedict XVI has decided to concede the gift of plenary indulgence to the faithful under the usual conditions – sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father – in the following way:

"If between Dec. 8, 2007, and Dec. 8, 2008, they visit, preferably in the order suggested: (1) the parish baptistery used for the baptism of Bernadette, (2) the Soubirous family home, known as the ‘cachot,’ (3) the Grotto of Massabielle, (4) the chapel of the hospice where Bernadette received first Communion, and on each occasion they pause for an appropriate length of time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recital of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith, …] and the jubilee prayer or other Marian invocation.
"If between Feb. 2, 2008, …] and Feb. 11, 2008, feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes and 150th anniversary of the apparition, they visit, in any church, grotto or decorous place, the blessed image of that same Virgin of Lourdes, solemnly exposed for public veneration, and before the image participate in a pious exercise of Marian devotion, or at least pause for an appropriate space of time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recital of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith, …] and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
The decree concludes by recalling that faithful who “through sickness, old age or other legitimate reason are unable to leave their homes, may still obtain the plenary indulgence …] if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the usual three conditions, on the days Feb. 2-11, 2008, in their hearts they spiritually visit the above-mentioned places and recite those prayers, trustingly offering to God, through Mary, the sickness and discomforts of their lives.”

May GOD bless everyone for this purpose


**Conditions for obtaining a Plenary Indulgence **

In order to receive a plenary indulgence, the individual must be free from attachment to sin. This means you must be free from sin. Frequent confession is a must. Mass and Communion, plus prayers for the Holy Father. Creed - Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory Be…
1/2 hour reading of Holy Scripture or.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy in front of blessed Sacrament for those dying in that hour. , or
1/2 Hour adoration in front of blessed sacrament are ways of obtaining plenary indulgences .

There are more, but these one can do frequently. These can be given to one who is dead. God gives it to those whom he choses. But they are never lost.
The plenary indulgence removes all of temporal punishment due to sins already committed. Not to those we commit in the future.

There is a book on indulgences called “Handbook of Indulgences” which can be purchased at any good Catholic book store. I would encourage its purchase and use. This simply increases our understanding of the infinite mercy which which God hass for us and wants to give us.
Prayers & blessings
Deacon Ed B


Thank you, I just picked up 2 books for 25 dollars. This is a saving grace.

GOD bless you,


Can you worship at any Catholic Church or does it have to be at a church in honor of St. Francis?

Thank you


You can do this at any Catholic Church in union with Rome.
Prayers & blessings
Deacon Ed B


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