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Pray the Rosary – earn a plenary indulgence! May 21, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Holy suffering, Interior Life, North Deanery, Our Lady, Tradition, Virtue.

No, you can’t buy indulgences with money, nor was that ever really valid, although certain unscrupulous prelates used to do so.  Such abuse helped precipitate the great cleaving of Christendom, the ‘reformation.’


Prayers to the Blessed Virgin

Plenary indulgence

The faithful who devoutly recite the rosary in any of the following settings: a church, oratory, with their family, religious community, association of the faithful or gathering of the faithful for some honest purpose, may receive a plenary indulgence. If only five decades are recited, the recitation must be without interruption. If in a group, the prayer must be vocal.

The indulgence may also be obtained by joining in the recitation by the Holy Father as it is broadcast live by radio or television.

In other cases, the rosary recitation is partial.

Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

  • Do the work while in a state of grace,
  • Receive Sacramental confession within 8 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
  • Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
  • Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father, Hail Mary, plus Glory Be, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
  • Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin. [this is the one that makes most of our efforts at gaining a plenary indulgence fail]

Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.


  • Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.
  • Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
  • Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the  hour of one’s own death).
  • Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.
  • If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
  • If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
  • Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.
  • In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
  • If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
  • For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.

Some more Marian devotion for Our Lady’s month of May.  It is a great work of spiritual mercy to offer prayers for the dead.


1. Our Lady The Holy Rosary Prayer - May 22, 2012

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2. Mary - May 22, 2012

no wonder the good priest tells us to pray a family rosary daily, we all can be earning plenary indulgences together. I don’t think we can realize this benefit!

3. Mary - May 22, 2012

The decades are the life of Jesus, but the Hail Mary is recited. (I think this ties in nicely with your previous post about Mary).
…to Jesus through Mary…

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