§1 A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who 1° devoutly recite the Marian rosary in a church or oratory, or in a family, a religious community, or an association of the faithful, and in general when several of the faithful gather for some honest purpose; 2° devoutly join in the recitation of the rosary while it is being recited by the Supreme Pontiff and broadcast live by radio or television. In other circumstances, the indulgence will be partial. The rosary is a prayer formula consisting of fifteen decades of Hail Marys preceded by the Our Father, during the recitation of which we piously meditate on the corresponding mysteries of our redemption. Regarding the plenary indulgence for the recitation of the Marian rosary, the following is prescribed: 1. The recitation of a third part of the rosary is sufficient, but the five decades must be recited without interruption. 2. Devout meditation on the mysteries is to be added to the vocal prayer. 3. In its public recitation the mysteries must be announced in accord with approved local custom, but in its private recitation it is sufficient for the faithful simply to join meditation on the mysteries to the vocal prayer.For more on indulgences, see this post:
That's right. A plenary indulgence. Full remission of the temporal consequences of sin, applicable to yourself or a suffering soul in purgatory just for saying a Rosary. Here's exactly how you do it:
- Be a baptized Catholic, not excommunicated, and not in a state of mortal sin at the time of the actions taken for the indulgence.
- Be free from all attachment from sin, even venial sin. This doesn't mean you don't ever sin, or that you don't have habitual sins that you confess again and again. It's that you cannot love the sin.
- Have the intention of gaining the indulgence.
- Make a good confession, and receive absolution, within three weeks before or after the action for the indulgence. (One confession is applicable to multiple indulgences, but not more than one per day.)
- Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion, ideally on the day on which you are seeking the indulgence, but up to three days before or after is acceptable.
- Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. The usual prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father are one Our Father and one Hail Mary.
- Recite the five decades of the Rosary (this is actually 1/3 of a FULL Rosary, which is the recitation of the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries, but any ONE set of five mysteries is enough for the action of the indulgence).
- Say all five decades at once, without breaks in between.
- Meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary while saying the prayers.
- Say the prayers devoutly.
- Say the Rosary alone in a church or oratory, or together anywhere with friends or family.
We can do that! To give you a little time to prepare, let's do this TOGETHER next Saturday, September 15th, on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
To participate, sort out any excommunications and get to confession anytime between now (or two weeks ago) and Sunday, October 7th. On the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th, recite the uninterrupted five decades of the Rosary in a church or oratory, or anywhere with friends or family. And that's it! Then just keep carrying on with your acts of reparation knowing you have consoled God, and his Sorrowful Mother, and the suffering souls in purgatory.
And, pro tip, you could theoretically gain this indulgence every single day for the rest of your life, if you made a habit of monthly confession, and daily Mass and communion, with prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father, and an uninterrupted five decades of the Rosary in a church or oratory, or anywhere with friends (who are honest) or family (these can de dastardly, it would appear).
It's a habit worth starting.And if you're reading this on September 8th, Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Today would ALSO be an excellent day for a Rosary.
If you've been doing Sackcloth and Ashes, how has it been going? Any questions or concerns? Who's up for adding this little Rosary challenge to the mix? Let me know in the comments.