INDULGENCES FOR THE HOLY SOULS
The need for praying for the souls of the Faithful Departed has always been emphasised by the Church. During November in particular, the Church prays for all those suffering in Purgatory in anticipation of the day when they will join the saints in Heaven, and we can help those suffering souls through our good works as assigned by the Church, who has the authority from Christ to apply to them the merits of His Passion and death, and the merits of the saints.
- On All Souls Day (Nov 2nd), a plenary indulgence may be gained for the Holy Souls alone by visiting any parish church or public oratory and reciting there an Our Father and the Creed.
- From November 1st– 8th inclusive, a plenary indulgence may be gained for the Holy Souls alone by visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed.
In both instances, only one indulgence can be gained per day. One should also be free from attachment to sin, even venial sin, for a plenary indulgence, otherwise the indulgence is partial. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought. Prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary suffice) must be recited each day the indulgence is sought. It is necessary to be in a ‘state of grace’ and be free from attachment to sin, even venial sin and to that end a sacramental confession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work.
Always remember that to pray for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, and if we help them, they will surely pray for us.
Fr Paul Gillham
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