Fr Z’s New Year’s Plenary INDULGENCES ALERT!

FATHERS!  Tell your people.

Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum.

To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met.

1. Sacramental confession and Communion within a brief time (about 20 days)
2. The prescribed good work (for 31 Dec. the recital of the Te Deum)
3. Prayers for the Pope’s designated intentions (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary)
5. Detestation of and detachment from even venial sins (without which only a partial indulgence can be gained), at the time of the indulgenced work.

Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s DAY, 1 January (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus.

Same conditions.

For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sins).

Indulgences can be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

For the Te DeumHERE

For the Veni Creator SpiritusHERE

For your edification you might listen to some musical settings of the Te Deum.  In Gregorian chant there are Solemn and Simple tones.  There are numerous orchestral and choral settings.

Perhaps you have a favorite setting?

This is kinda fun.  When the French get it right, it’s pretty awesome.  With the great organ of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.  From Les Grandes heures liturgiques à Notre-Dame de Paris.  US HERE – UK HERE –

Be CAREFUL with the volume!

Indulgences… don’t leave life without them.

Did you know that there is a partial indulgence attached to recitation of your customary prayer after a meal?  “Agimus tibi gratias… We give Thee thanks, o Lord,…”.

Think about it.

Please share!
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6 Responses to Fr Z’s New Year’s Plenary INDULGENCES ALERT!

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    The enthusiasm to resurrect indulgences is enticing! Thanks, Fr Z!


  2. myth buster says:

    The Enchirodon of Indulgences prescribes that the recitation of the Te Deum must be “public.” How many participants/witnesses are necessary for this criterion to be satisfied?


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    One good thing for me coming out of Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy was to start taking indulgences seriously. I did some assiduous research leading me to the Enchiridion of Indulgences that Myth Buster refers to. During the Jubilee of Mercy, the “work” requirement was satisfied by walking through a Holy Door of Mercy, of which at least one, usually more, was designated in each diocese. Despite walking through them on ten or more occasions in various places, I doubt in my heart that I actually gained a plenary indulgence either for myself or for anyone else, due to the “detachment” requirement; but still, partial indulgences remained quite possible according to my understanding.

    Another work to consult for a richer understanding of indulgences is The Raccolta Manual of Indulgences (1957) an earlier version of the Enchiridion (Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary,1968) available as a very handsome reprint from Loreto Publications in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, USA.

    A happy, healthy and peaceful New Year to all here on CP&S and to all those whom you love.

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  4. Dear John,
    I know what you mean about the challenges with the “detachment” requirement and, therefore, sometimes doubting that you have acquired plenary indulgence. Might I offer that God’s mercy is so immense that your desire, intention, and effort to detach yourself obtain more indulgences than we can imagine? Also, when we may feel “attached”, we can ask the Holy Spirit to increase in us the desire, the intention, and the effort to detach. There is much merit obtained by doing so.
    Hope this helps…
    God bless you and Merry Christmas!!


  5. Toad says:

    ”3. Prayers for the Pope’s designated intentions (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary)”


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    A good comment and good insights, catholicismfelt, especially about the role of the Holy Spirit, the most ignored, the least understood of the Trinity.

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