Monday, August 03, 2009

Plenary Indulgence offered tomorrow, the Feast of St. John Vianney

For the faithful, a plenary indulgence can be obtained on the opening and closing days of the Year for Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to "Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart."

The conditions for the faithful for earning a plenary indulgence are to have gone to confession and prayed for the intentions of the Pope.


A partial indulgence is offered to the faithful when they repeat five times the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, or any other duly approved prayer "in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to ask that priests maintain purity and sanctity of life."
The Pope's intentions this month are:
  • General: That public opinion may be more aware of the problem of millions of displaced persons and refugees and that concrete solutions may be found for their often tragic situation.
  • Mission: That those Christians who are discriminated against and persecuted in many Countries because of the name of Christ may have their human rights, equality and religious freedom recognized, in order to be able to live and profess their own faith freely.
I make a habit of praying three Hail Mary's for priests (one for the purification of those in Purgatory, one for the sanctification and conversion of priests living today, and one for future priests that their vocations be fostered and encouraged). Now that I'm aware (again) of the partial indulgence offered, I should "upgrade" that habit to five Our Father's, five Hail Mary's, and five Glory Be's.

[H/T to Diane at Te Deum laudamus]

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