Tradition of the Portiuncula indulgence

2 August: Portiuncula Indulgence

From midnight tonight to midnight 2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula Indulgence."

Work is not a legitimate excuse for passing up a plenary indulgence that releases us from the temporal punishment for sin. Don’t even go there.

It takes no more than one hour to visit the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We all have to mass and confession anyway.
To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. A Franciscan sanctuary can also be a chapel at a canonically erected Franciscan house.**

Then pe**rform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions.

You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant.

Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after. This can be Sunday, though an extra mass during the week would be even better.**

St. Francis, as you know, repaired three chapels. The third was popularly called the Portiuncula or the Little Portion, dedicated to St. Mary of the Angels. It is now enclosed in a sanctuary at Assisi.

The friars came to live at the Little Portion in early 1211. It became the “motherhouse” of the Franciscans. This is where St. Clare came to the friars to make her vows during the night following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Sister Death came to Francis on 3 October 1226.

Because of the favors from God obtained at the Portiuncula, St. Francis requested the Pope to grant remission of sins to all who came there. The privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula to others churches, especially held by Franciscans, throughout the world.

A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.

Thanks for this reminder. :thumbsup:

Thanks, Brother Jay! Last night I just “happened” to find an old EWTN newsletter from ten years ago that I had saved describing this indulgence. I have every intention of making use of it to the best of my ability (meaning attachment to venial sin which I do not think I can know for certain since pride blinds me to much).

Can you visit someone else’s parish? We’ll be traveling.

Thanks for the reminder fratello!

Will do. I had always thought that you had to attend Mass the day of the indulgence. Thanks for the clarification. :slight_smile:

Am I correct in assuming/remembering that the indulgence gained is never for one’s self, but must be “applied” to someone else?

Second question: may I apply it to an entire family of semi-lapsed Catholics?

Yes. Preferably a Franciscan one, but if one is not available/near you, then any Catholic church. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the reminder. Hope to be at my local friary tomorrow. Hopefully there won’t be a huge line for confession right before it.

You can confess any time within 8 days. :slight_smile:

I will ask again (because I am running out of time :wink: ):

Can the indulgence be offered for a family (ie, more than 1 individual)?

Indulgences can only be obtained for one’s self or for the dead (see canon 994). So, no, you cannot offer an indulgence for a family of semi-lapsed Catholics (presuming you are talking about people who are still alive). But you can certainly still pray for them.

Thank you for the response, sir. I knew that, but had forgotten. I will offer it for a young Sacramento girl who recently tragically died of a peanut allergy reaction. :frowning:

Just got back from visiting our local parish. My daughter was recently in Assisi and saw the Little Portiuncula inside the huge Basilica! We’ll complete the indulgence on Sunday! :smiley:

Your daughter is so lucky. I haven’t been in 12 years. :(:(:frowning:

We haven’t been since before she was born! She had a great opportunity and grabbed it!

For those who understand Italian:

Live TV from Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

Now - the final catechesis after the Feast of Forgiveness (Porziuncola indulgence)
Soon - candlelight rosary procession

Full schedule of broadcasts:

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