What is an Indulgence?
An indulgence is an extra-sacramental
remission of the temporal punishments of sin remaining after
the forgiveness of the guilt of sin. This remission is valid
in the sight of God, and is granted by the Church out of Her
treasure of satisfaction. It is granted to the living by way
of absolution and to the dead by way of intercession.
What are the conditions for gaining a
Plenary Indulgence for the Holy Souls as set forth by the
1. On All Souls' Day (Nov.
2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls,
is granted to those who visit any parish church or public
oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
2. On all the days from November
1st through November 8th inclusive, a plenary indulgence,
applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who
visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the
Conditions for both Indulgences:
1. Only one plenary
indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in
the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin,
even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is
only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular
sin, not sin in general.)
4. Holy Communion must be
received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the
intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is
sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our
Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.
6. A sacramental confession
must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed
work. (One confession made during the week, made with the
intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)