Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7
This is the post I had planned to go up at datechguyblog.com on Monday before everything crashed and burned. I put it up on the backup site “datechguyblog.wordpress.com” but now that I’m back up it’s here
Today I’m launching a Catholic Devotional aid that I mentioned a few days ago on the site called The Indulgence Calendar.
Many people going to Mass weekly and even many who go daily are aware that these indulgences are available and quite a few might already be doing prayers and devotions that carry an indulgences but because they are not declaring their desire and/or intention to earn these indulgences they are not obtained.
The idea is that if you are a daily mass person you can make it a point to earn an indulgence each day for a different departed soul (or multiple souls if you earn multiple indulgences). A weekly mass person can earn indulgences for at least one person a week or if a family unit goes they can cover some of the daily folk that they might miss.
On a local level my goal is to earn an indulgence for every person who has ever died in my parish, particularly those who have been dead for a while and have been forgotten. If you decide to adopt this idea as your own for your own community you can do the same.
Each day on the calendar looks like this:
I will be making such calendars available each month. The one for June which is being used by WQPH 89.3 FM is here and below. For those unsure of the rules on earning an indulgence the 2nd page of the Calendar has the complete norms on indulgences I am repeating it here for those who which to have them handy online:
Indulgence Norms and notes
- Communion on the day of an indulgence. This can be applied to any amount of indulgences that day.
- Confession within 20 days of the day of an indulgence. Applies to all indulgences during that period
- Prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (an Our Father, Hail Mary or any appropriate prayer) once per day of indulgence.
- To earn an indulgence you must be in a state of grace (no unconfessed mortal sin) at the time of the indulgenced act.
- Indulgences can only be applied to the dead or to the person earning the indulgence. They can not be applied to any other living person.
- For a PLENARY indulgence you must have NO attachment to sin. If such an attachment exists the indulgence earned is only partial.
- A plenary indulgence can only be earned one a day (expect if death is imminent), there is no limits to partial indulgences daily.
- An indulgence attached to a feast day is still valid if the feast day is transferred lawfully.
- A specific day’s indulgence requiring a visit to a particular church or oratory can be made from noon the previous day to midnight on the actual day.
- No unbaptized person nor any Christian who is currently under the penalty of excommunication may earn an indulgence.
- You must ACTIVELY seek and or state your intention to obtain an indulgence for the act or prayer that carries it to be valid.
Prayers & Acts that carry an indulgence (Partial list) All indulgences partial unless BOLD UNDERLINED
The Actiones Nostras, Act of faith hope and Love, Any Devout Mental Prayer, Adsumus, Adoro te Devote, Prayer to St. Joseph, Prayer of Thanksgiving, The Angelus, Domine Deus Omnipotens, Spiritual Communion, The Apostles Creed, Angels Dei, The Niceane Creed, The office for the dead, Any approved Litanies, Psalm 130, Iesu Dulcissime Redemptor, Ave Maria Stella, Maria Mater Gratiae, Exaudi Nos, O Sacrum Convivium, Prayer for the Pope, Prayer for the Dead, Psalm 51, Sub tuum praesidium, Prayer for Benefactors, Angel of God Prayer, Te Deum, Public Novenas for Pentecost Christmas or the Feast or the Immaculate Conception, Tantum Ergo, Prayer for Vocations, The Sign of the Cross, Sancta Maria Succurre Miseris, The Magnificat, Vista Quaesumus Domine, Act of Contrition (expect during Sacramental Confession), Prayer to St Michael, Chaplet of St Michael, Come Holy Spirit, Prayer before a Crucifix Plenary if done after communion Friday in Lent, Five decades of the Rosary Plenary if done in a family, religious community or Pious association, The Stations of the Cross Moving from Station to Station (unless physically unable to do so)
Actions that carry an indulgence
- Making a Pious invocation raising your mind to god while performing the duties of life
- Devoting yourself or your goods in compassionate service to your brothers in need
- Voluntarily abstaining from something that is licit & pleasing in the spirit of penitence
- Adoration of the blessed Sacrament Plenary if done for a half hour or more
- Reading the scriptures Plenary if done for a half hour or more
- Teaching Christian Doctrine
- Visiting a church on All Souls day (Nov 2)
- Going on a religious retreat for 3 or more days
- Use a blessed religious object Plenary if blessed by a Pope & used on the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul
- Visiting a Parish Church on the Feast day of its Saint(s) or on Aug 2nd (say Our Father & Creed)
- Attending the 1st Mass of a newly ordained priest or his jubilee mass (25th 50th or 60th anniversary)
- Visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead (Plenary if done from Nov 1st through Nov 8th)
Praying for the dead is not only a spiritual work of mercy but spiritual exercise of this type tend to fortify one’s own soul so I would encourage you to disseminate this far and wide,
Perhaps that’s why everything crashed and burned on my primary site the day this was supposed to go up.