June 28, 2017

Indulgences Available on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

St. Peter and St. Paul

A partial indulgence may be gained on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul by anyone who makes devout use of a religious article blessed by any priest but "if the article of devotion has been blessed by the Holy Father or by any Bishop, the faithful, using it, can gain a plenary indulgence, if they also make a profession of faith (such as the Apostles Creed), as long as the usual conditions are satisfied.

Requirements for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence

◗ Perform/recite the prescribed work or prayer.

◗ Worthily receive Communion. (Preferably, the day of the act or prayer.)

◗ Say one "Our Father" and the "Apostles Creed".

◗ Say one "Our Father" and one "Hail Mary" for the pope’s intentions (the intentions designated by the Holy Father each month).

◗ Make a sacramental confession within 20 days.

◗ For a plenary indulgence, one must be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin (or the indulgence is partial, not plenary).

For more on the Church's teachings on indulgences, read the Enchiridion of Indulgences promulgated by the 1968 Decree of the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary. Also The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Indulgences.

Prayer to Saints Peter and Paul

Almighty God, Whose right hand raised up blessed Peter, when he walked upon the water and began to sink, and thrice delivered his fellow-Apostle Paul from the depths of the sea, when he suffered shipwreck, graciously hear us and grant, by the merits of both martyrs, that we also may attain unto everlasting glory. Amen.

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