Following on yesterday’s post (the last “here” link above), I am now providing a list of some of the principal plenary indulgences that you can obtain on special occasions during the liturgical year. Again, these are taken from the Manual of Indulgences.
Plenary Indulgences Available at Special Times of the Year
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly receive a blessing imparted by the Supreme Pontiff to Rome and the World (the Urbi et Orbi – on Christmas and Easter), even if, because of reasonable circumstances, they are unable to be present physically at the sacred rite, provided that they follow it devoutly as it is broadcast live by television or radio. (fulfilling also the other “usual conditions” for a plenary indulgence, as indicated in a previous article)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly participate in a solemn Eucharistic procession, held inside or outside the church, especially on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Feast of Corpus Christi). (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who receive Holy Communion for the first time or devoutly attend at the first Holy Communion Mass of others. (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who spend at least three entire days in the spiritual exercises of a retreat. (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly participate in the Adoration of the Cross in the solemn liturgical action of Good Friday. (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, at the celebration of the Easter Vigil or on the anniversary of their own Baptism, renew their baptismal vows in any legitimately approved formula. (fulfilling also the other…)
- A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who, on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed. (fulfilling also the other…)
You will note that these indulgences are designed to aid and encourage our participation in the Church’s liturgical seasons and feasts. They are also aimed at specific ways of improving our spiritual lives (taking a retreat, renewing baptismal vows, etc.). Finally, the last indulgence I’ve listed is a great work of charity insofar as it is obtained on behalf of the souls in Purgatory, instead of for the person who seeks the indulgence.
Coming soon: a long list of partial indulgences, information on obtaining indulgences for those who are sick/homebound and cannot complete all the required works or prayers, and a final post containing a bit of advice and review.