February 29, 2016

Plenary Indulgences Obtainable at Any Time

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In addition to the plenary indulgence that may be obtained each Friday of Lent, there are plenary indulgences that may be gained at any time during the year. An indulgence can either be partial or plenary. It is partial if it removes part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment. A plenary indulgence may be obtained only once a day.

Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence

◗ Do/recite the prescribed work or prayer.

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

◗ Say one "Our Father" and one "Hail Mary" for the Holy Father’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).

Plenary Indulgences Obtainable any time any place

Reading of Sacred Scripture

Recitation of the Marian Rosary (Rosarii marialis recitatio)

Exercise of the Way of the Cross

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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 see The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Indulgences, Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 4, Subsection 10, 1471-1479.

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