01 November 2010

All Saints Day & All Souls Indulgence Information

I  am re-running this post from last year, with information from Fisheaters.com...
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This is a Holy Day (SLC Note: of mystifyingly non-Obligation this year) on which we celebrate the Church Triumphant -- all the Saints in Heaven, canonized or unknown.

After Noon today, and until Midnight tomorrow, a person who has been to
confession and Communion can gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, for the poor souls in Purgatory (who will be commemorated tomorrow) each time he visits a church or public oratory and recites the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory be to the Father six times. This is a special exception to the ordinary law of the Church according to which a plenary indulgence for the same work can be gained only once a day. Some of the grave-visiting customs described on the entry for All Souls Day, then, may begin today in some places.

In anticipation of All Souls' Day tomorrow, when night comes on this day, we darken the room, light a candle blessed at
Candlemas, and pray the Rosary for our dead. Praying the 129th Psalm (the De Profundis) and/or the Litany of the Saints would also be lovely. You can download the Litany, in Microsoft Word .doc format, in English or in Latin.
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Also, the faithful who, during the period of eight days from All Saints Day, visit a cemetery (SLC Note: pray one Our Father and one Creed) and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead. Here is a simple invocation for the dead, called the "Eternal Rest" prayer:
Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.
Latin version:
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei (eis) Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei (eis). Requiéscat (Requiéscant) in pace. Amen.
Catholics also pray this prayer for the dead anytime throughout the year, and whenever they pass a cemetery. Many families pray a Rosary nightly for the dead throughout the Octave of All Saints, replacing the Fatima prayer with the Eternal Rest prayer.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Also, the faithful who, during the period of eight days from All Saints Day, visit a cemetery (SLC Note: pray one Our Father and one Creed) and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead."

Was this from Harry Potter 5 or 6?

thetimman said...

Ah, is that you, Charles Jaco?

Peggy said...

All this talk of indulgences the day after Protestant Founders Day--or Day of Christian Division--(also Halloween) may bring out the tortured ghost of Martin Luther himself.

Anonymous said...

TIM, can you cite the reference for multiple indulgences on multiple visits on All Souls'? That doesn't seem to be corroborated by the handbook of indulgences anymore.

Treasuryofgrace said...

Seems to be several mistakes in this post. Vatican norms don't mandate a particular prayer at the cemetary. One can pray in their own words and still gain the indulgence. Likewise the norms say you can only receive one indulgence a day. If you know of a document in force that says otherwise, please let us know.