There are many plenary indulgences that have been granted by the Popes; with the exception of those that might have been granted for special occasions (e.g. World Youth Day), they are all listed in the book, Manual of Indulgences. From this resource I have selected those that I think might be the more common ones, and I have divided them into two categories: those which we can obtain each day, and those which are available at special times of the year. Today, I present you with the first category.
Plenary Indulgences Available Each Day
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who visit the Blessed Sacrament for at least a half hour. (fulfilling also the other “usual conditions” for a plenary indulgence, as indicated in the previous article)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who personally make the pious Way of the Cross before Stations of the Cross which have been legitimately erected (i.e. those in a Catholic Church). Those who are legitimately impeded from doing this (i.e. those who are homebound, physically incapacitated, or otherwise seriously ill) may receive the indulgence by reading and meditating on the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ (e.g. from a devotional book) for at least a quarter of an hour. (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly recited at least five decades continuously (i.e. one set of “mysteries”) of the Marian rosary in a church, or in a family, or in an association of the faithful (e.g. a prayer group). (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who read the Sacred Scriptures as spiritual reading, from a text approved by competent authority (i.e. a Catholic edition of the Holy Bible) and with the reverence due to the divine word, for at least a half an hour. (fulfilling also the other…)
Still to come: plenary indulgences available at special times of the year, a long list of partial indulgences that we can obtain each day (and even multiple times therein), and also a final post on what those who are sick and/or homebound can do to gain indulgences that otherwise are tied to certain locations to which they cannot go or works that they cannot perform.