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Lots O’ Stuff for the Octave of All Saints and the Election November 1, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, sanctity, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

Sorry folks, I am absolutely blasted at work.  My boss has got a hugely important trip to China next week and we’re scrambling around like raccoons in a KC light trying to get a really complex project done before he leaves so he can present on it.  No design……haven’t done any in months, I miss it.

It’s one of those things that I have seen happen so many times………I piled up a ton of great material to post on this weekend and then work just has to intervene.  I’ll do my best but posting will be spotty.

At any rate, obviously this is a very important time of the liturgical year, we just had the great ignored Feast of Christ the King, I shot video of the whole procession but haven’t had time to upload it.  Today is All Saints, of course, and tomorrow, All Souls.  I’m sure most readers are already well versed in the incredible availability of indulgences during this holy Octave, but just for the record, here are the details:


The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 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 departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).

Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).

*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 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 and Hail Mary, 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.
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, only 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. [I would say an unlimited number of works suited towards partial indulgences can be earned in a given day, either through prayers said (The Raccolta is, to me, the best source for this), or acts of penance.]
If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.

OK, that’s your review for the indulgences of this great Octave.  As to the election, there are many prayer efforts underway to implore God’s mercy on this falling nation and bring Grace down upon the souls who will decide this most vital election – perhaps the final one that will matter in this nation’s history, if we’re not already past this point.

First of all is this report on the Catholic Advisory Group created by – it is said – Donald Trump, and their request for intensive prayer in the days leading up to the election:

The Catholic Advisory Group created by Donald Trump, and led by former Senator Rick Santorum, put out the following:

Trump/Pence Campaign Catholic Advisory Group Launches First-Ever Presidential Campaign Rosary Prayer Chain

New York – Inspired by the power of prayer and the successful ministry of the late Father Patrick Peyton, also known as “The Rosary Priest” the Trump/Pence Campaign Catholic Advisory Group is launching the first-ever presidential campaign Rosary prayer chain for Catholics and all people of good will in the United States.

“Beginning today, and daily for the next three weeks, we are calling on clergy, religious and lay Catholics, across the United States, and our citizens abroad, particularly our servicemen and women to say one Rosary each day,” stated Joseph Cella the Catholic Liaison to the Trump/Pence campaign……….



…….The Rosary prayer chain calls for every family or individual to recite the Rosary once daily for the following intentions:

A. For Messrs. Trump and Pence and their families, the campaign, the staff and volunteers, and for victory in the election.

B. For the renewal of the United States through a restoration of our faith and culture, through the message of the Gospel and a dialogue with all people of good will.

C. For the softening of the hearts and the enlightening of the minds of Hillary Clinton and her staff so they may be more respectful to Catholics, the Catholic Church, and its teachings.

D. For the unity of our country during this transition of power and the fostering of peace and unity at home and abroad.

Participants are asked to conclude each decade by saying: “Our Lady of the Rosary, Saint Thomas More, Saint Pope John Paul, pray for us” and then conclude each Rosary with the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel.

My comments: this is a noble effort, one welcome to see, and I really appreciate the tie back to Fr. Peyton’s famous Rosary Crusade of the 1950s.  Would to God it would have borne more visible fruit at least on a national/cultural level.  I’m certain it was very efficacious for the souls involved, at least until they many went nuts in the following decade(s).  

Having said that, I would personally prefer a bit more specifically Catholic intentions, including the conversion of Trump and Pence to the One True Faith, the conversion of our nation and its fundamental re-orientation as a Catholic nation with Jesus Christ as its visible Head and final Authority.  That’s a great deal to pray for, but shouldn’t that be our ultimate goal?  If it were achieved, all else would take care of itself in a natural, organic manner.  

Here’s another option for your electoral prayer intentions, assuming you haven’t been praying your own for months, via the Knights of Columbus. I have to say I find the KoC’s prayer a bit better and perhaps more efficacious in its initial focus on Our Lady than the intentions of the Trump Catholic Advisory Group, but you might want to refine the specific intentions a bit.  I would put the moral and spiritual conversion of this nation along Catholic lines the first intention. This was supposed to start on Sunday, so travel back in time and get goin’:

Novena for the Election

Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your Spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother, in union with Mary we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage.

Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners — on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.

Pick yer favorite, or just keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is maintaining and expanding the perpetual Novenas, Rosaries, and other prayers and penances you’ve been offering for this increasingly sick and perverse land for a long, long time.

I’ll try to knock out a couple of other quickie posts before I have to leave for Mass.


1. Baseballmom - November 1, 2016

Have been praying so much re this election. If Mr. Trump is a man of his word (and although he, like many, does not understand the “word” given in marriage) – then we will be on a better footing with his selection of Supreme Court justices. That is what this election is all about…. SCOTUS. Everything else is ancillary to that.

2. Barbara Hvilivitzky - November 2, 2016

Good post. Regarding the prayers during this horrible election time I hate to see the request that Hillary ‘respect’ the Catholics in her country etc. We do not want respect, and to be left in peace. We want her to be converted. Respect for us will be lumped into respect for all ‘religions’ which as we know are cults. NO! The soft language sounds so nice but we are at war. Pray for their souls, not that they respect us.

Our Lady of Fatima asks that we pray for poor sinners “who have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.”

3. Mike - November 4, 2016

Can U gain more than 1 plenary indulgence per day by visiting more than 1 cemetary?

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