I’m planning to visit a church with canonically approved Papal indulgence for pilgrim visitors. I wonder what are the things i need to do so that i could receive a plenary indulgence, what prayer, confessions or sort of things i need to do
It’s this attachment to sin that I have trouble getting the concept of. I don’t intend, nor want to sin. I lead a fairly quiet (retired) life, don’t get out too much, as my husbands health doesn’t permit it. My vices are clean ones (books, hobbies). I just can’t help but feel that I could never gain a plenary indulgence no matter how “clean” my life is, with this “attachment” thing. What is it, can someone explain it to me, please?
Have no attachment to sin, even the most venial. People think this is the most difficult condition, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds. We aren’t expected to be immune from concupiscence. After all, even baptism doesn’t wash away concupiscence, so it would be ridiculous to expect us to have no concupiscence in order to win a plenary. A movement of the flesh to desire something is not the same as attachment to sin. In order to have no attachment to sin, an act of the will is sufficient, e.g., praying, “Lord, I do not desire anything or anyone except Yourself” or “Lord, I reject all sin and all attachment to the things of this world; I cling to the things of heaven, most especially the Beauty and Glory of Yourself.”
I believe Kellmeyer is of the opinion (and I am inclined to agree with him on this point) that God and the Church are not out to set some impossibly high standard such that only the saintliest of saints could ever hope to achieve a plenary indulgence (and only on their best of days). Rather, as our God is a God of infinite mercy, he wants to give us these graces more than anything.
Thank you, Joe, for your well stated answer. I did look at Kellmeyer’s blogspot, and looked at the calendars, too. I hope he is right that it just might be easier than we think…I am getting pretty old…
N20. §1. To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform the indulgenced work and fulfill the following three conditions:
sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
§2. A single sacramental confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Holy Communion must be received and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence.
§ 3. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the prescribed work; it is, however, fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.
N19. The work prescribed for acquiring a plenary indulgence connected with a church or oratory consists of a devout visit during which an Our Father and the Creed are recited, unless other directives have been laid down.
Vocal rosary, in a church - does this mean I can’t mentally pray the rosary to myself, in a church, for an indulgence? It seems no one prays the rosary while waiting for Mass to begin anymore; they’d probably get the butterfly net out if I started the five decades of the rosary outloud, never mind disturbing the other early birds who come in for a little quiet time with God before the hoards-who-visit-with-each-other-inside-the-Church arrive.
Our church has confession before the Saturday vigil Mass. Immediately after confession, the Rosary is publicly said ending with a prayer for the Pope.
This approach offers the people to earn a plenary indulgence every week if they go to confession, say the rosary and receive communion at mass – assuming, of course, that they are free from all attachment to sin.
Wow, what a wonderful opportunity! I can’t remember when the last praying of the rosary was in our parish. I could try another parish, I guess; there are three in our town, but the same priests rotate through all of them, so my guess is that the services available might be fairly standardized.
There is an exception for the deaf and mute to read, sign, or mentally recite. Also Grant 15 states that there is a partial indulgence for personal, devoute, mental prayer.
You can gain a partial indulgence for the mental form if you are not in the category above.
But for a Marian rosary plenary indulgence it must be recited; the public witness is significant.
Grant 17.1 is:
A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who
1/ devoutly recite the Marian rosary in a church or oratory, or in a family, a religious community, or in an association of the faithful, and in general when several of the faithful gather for some honest purpose;
2/ devoutly join in the recitation of the rosary while it is being recited by the Supreme Pontiff and broadcast live by radio or television.
A partial indulgence is granted for its recitation in all other circumstances.