Plenary Indulgences | Partial Indulgences | Norms

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1. Reading of Sacred Scripture (Sacrae Scripturae lectio)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who with the veneration due the divine word make a spiritual reading from Sacred Scripture.

A plenary indulgence is granted if this reading is continued for at least one half an hour.

2. Recitation of the Marian Rosary (Rosarii marialis recitatio)

A plenary indulgence is granted if the Rosary is recited in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious Community or pious Association; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.

3. Exercise of the Way of the Cross (Viae Crucis exercitium)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who make the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross. The gaining of the plenary indulgence must be made before stations of the Way of the Cross legitimately erected. A movement from one station to the next is required. But if the pious exercise is made publicly and if it is not possible for all taking part to go in an orderly way from station to station, it suffices if at least the one conducting the exercise goes from station to station, the others remaining in their place. Those who are "impeded" can gain the same indulgence, if they spend at least one half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Adoratio Sami Sacramenti)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who visit the Most Blessed Sacrament to adore it; and a plenary indulgence is granted, if the visit lasts for at least one half an hour.

5. Eucharistic Congress (Eucharisticus conventus)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly participate in the customary solemn eucharistic rite at the close of a Eucharistic Congress.

6. Diocesan Synod (Synodus dioecesana)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, during the time of the diocesan Synod devoutly visit the church in which the Synod is being held, and there recite one Our Father and the Creed.

7. Pastoral Visitation (Visitatio pastoralis)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a church or a public or semipublic oratory during the time that a pastoral visitation is being held; but a plenary indulgence, to be gained once only during a pastoral visit, is granted if during the time of the visitation they assist at a sacred function at which the Visitor presides.

8. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest (Veni, Creator)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly recite the hymn Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest.

A plenary indulgence is granted if the hymn is recited publicly on the 1st of January and on the feast of Pentecost.

9. Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus (En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu)

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity thy five wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David, your prophet, did say of thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones" (Ps 21, 17-18).

A plenary indulgence is granted on each Friday of Lent and Passiontide to the faithful who, after Communion piously recite the above prayer before an image of Christ crucified; on other days of the year the indulgence is partial.

10. Down in adoration falling (Tantum ergo)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly recite the Tantum ergo and its concluding prayer. However, a plenary indulgence is granted on Holy Thursday and on the feast of Corpus Christi, if it is recited in a solemn manner.

11. Adoration of the Cross (Crucis adoratio)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who in the solemn liturgical action of Good Friday devoutly assist at the adoration of the Cross and kiss it.

12. Renewal of Baptismal Promises (Votorum baptismalium renovatio)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who renew their baptismal promises according to formula in use; but a plenary indulgence is granted, if this is done in the celebration of the Paschal Vigil or on the anniversary of one's baptism.

13. Most sweet Jesus -- Act of Reparation (Iesu dulcissime - Reparationis actus)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite this act of reparation.

A plenary indulgence is granted if it is publicly recited on he feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

14. Use of Articles of Devotion (Obiectorum pietatis usus)

The faithful, who devoutly use an article of devotion (crucifix or cross, rosary. scapular or medal) properly blessed by any priest, obtain a partial indulgence. But if the article of devotion has been blessed by any Bishop, the faithful using it can also gain a plenary indulgence on the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, provided they also make a profession of faith according to any legitimate formula.

15. Visit to the Parochial Church (Visitatio ecclesiae paroecialis)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit the parochial church: on the titular feast; on the 2nd of August. This indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or on some other day designated by the Ordinary 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 also apply to quasi-parochial churches. In visiting the church, it is required that "one Our Father and the Creed be recited."

16. Visit to a Cemetery (Coemeterii visitatio)

An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.

17. Visit to a Church or Oratory on All Souls Day (Visitatio ecclesiae vel oratorii in Commemoratione omnium fidelium defunctorum)

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed, piously visit a church, a public oratory or, for those entitled to use it, a semipublic oratory. This indulgence can be acquired either on the day designated above or, with the consent of the Ordinary, on the preceding or following Sunday or the feast of All Saints. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required that "one Our Father and the Creed be recited."

18. The Te Deum (Te Deum)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who recite the Te Deum in thanksgiving. However, a plenary indulgence is granted, if the hymn is recited publicly on the last day of the year.

19. Visit to a Church or Oratory of Religious on the Feast of the Holy Founder (Visitatio ecclesiae vel oratorii Religiosorum die festo Sancti Fundatoris)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a church or oratory of Religious on the Feast of the canonized Founder, and there recite one Our Father and the Creed.

20. Visit to a Church or an Altar on the day of its consecration (Visitatio ecclesiae vel altaris die consecrationis)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who visit a church or an altar on the day itself of its consecration, and there recite one Our Father and the Creed.

21. Visit to the Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome (Basilicarum Patriarchalium in Urbe visitatio)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit one of the four Patriarchal Basilicas in Rome, and there recite one Our Father and the Creed: a) on the titular feast; b) on any holy-day of obligation; or c) once a year, on any other day of one's choice.

22. A Visit to the Stational Churches of Rome (Stationalium Ecclesiarum Urbis visitatio)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit the Stational Church of Rome named for that day; but if they also assist at the sacred functions celebrated in the morning or evening, a plenary indulgence is granted.

23. First Communion (Prima Communio)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, when they receive Communion for the first time, or when they assist at the sacred ceremonies of a First Communion.

24. Assistance at Sacred Preaching (Praedicationis sacrae participatio)

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who assist with devotion and attention at the sacred preaching of the Word of God. A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who during the time of a Mission have heard some of the sermons and are present for the solemn close of the Mission.

25. Spiritual Exercises (Exercitia spiritualia)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who spend at least three whole days in the spiritual exercises of a retreat.

26. First Mass of newly-ordained Priests (Prima Missa neosacerdotum)

A plenary indulgence is granted to a priest on the occasion of the first Mass he celebrates with some solemnity and to the faithful who devoutly assist at the same Mass.

27. Jubilees of Sacerdotal Ordination (Sacerdotalis Ordinationis celebrationes iubilares)

A plenary indulgence is granted to a priest who, on the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversary of his Ordination renews before God his resolve to fulfill faithfully the duties of his vocation. If the priest celebrates a jubilee Mass in some solemn manner, the faithful who assist at it can acquire a plenary indulgence.

28. The Moment of Death (In articulo mortis)

To the faithful in danger of death, a plenary indulgence may be gained at the point of death, provided they are properly disposed and have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime. The use of a crucifix or a cross to gain this indulgence is praiseworthy.

The condition: provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime supplies in such cases for the three usual conditions required for the gaining of a plenary indulgence.

The plenary indulgence at the point of death can be acquired by the faithful, even if they have already obtained another plenary indulgence on the same day.

 

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