Thursday, June 28, 2012

A special plenary indulgence for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

June 29th, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
The Solemnity of the two great Prince-Martyrs of the City of Rome is not only a commemoration of the shedding of their glorious blood in supreme witness to Christ, but is also memorial of the unity and catholicity of the Church which Christ himself founded upon Peter and which spread throughout the whole world through the preaching of the Apostle Paul.
In commemoration of her apostolic origins and of her unity founded upon the Bishop of Rome, the Church grants a special plenary indulgence on this day.

Religious articles blessed by the Pope or by any bishop
“A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, on the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, make prayerful use of an article of devotion, as defined by Norm 15, that has been blessed by the Supreme Pontiff or by any bishop, provided the faithful also make a Profession of Faith using any legitimate formula.
“A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly use such articles of devotion properly blessed by either a priest or a deacon.” [Manuel of Indulgences, Grant 14]
What counts as a “religious article”?
“The faithful can acquire an indulgence if they use devoutly one of the following properly blessed pious objects, namely: a crucifix or cross, rosary, scapular, or medal.” [Manuel of Indulgences, Norm 15]
How do I gain a plenary indulgence today?
It is rather simple:
1) While in the state of grace do the following:
a) Pray with a religious article (crucifix/cross, rosary, scapular, or medal) that has been blessed either by the Pope himself or by a bishop.
b) Make a Profession of Faith, for example: The Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed.
2) Go to confession within about twenty days before or after, with at least the habitual intention of gaining indulgences.
3) Receive communion within a couple days before or after, with the same intention.
4) Pray for the Holy Father, the Pope (example: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be)
5) Make an act of the will to detest all sin and to be free from attachment to all sin, even venial sin.
n.b. Only one plenary indulgence can be obtained each day, others will be partial.

  Sts. Peter and Paul, Pray for us!

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