Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Immaculate Conception Novena Begins

The Novena to the Immaculate Conception begins today. You can say it at your desktop.

And for an added bonus... Pope Benedict declares a plenary indulgence for the feast day, December 8, 2005! A hat tip to De Civitate Dei

By a plenary indulgence is meant the remission of the entire temporal punishment due to sin so that no further expiation is required in Purgatory. As St. Thomas says (Suppl., xxv. a. 1 ad 2um), "He who gains indulgences is not thereby released outright from what he owes as penalty, but is provided with the means of paying it." (New Advent)

Ergo, the Pope is providing us a way to pay some of our debts to God! What a wonderful gift! But hey, we have to do our part too.

Here's how to obtain it:

The indulgence declared by Pope Benedict may be obtained by those who "participate in a sacred function in honor of the Virgin, or at least least offer open testimony of Marian devotion before an image of Mary Immaculate exposed for public veneration, adding the recitation of the Our Father and of the Creed, and some invocation to the Virgin." The announcement indicates that those who are ill or otherwise unable to fufill the normal conditions "may obtain a plenary indulgence in their own homes, or wherever they may be, if, with the soul completely removed from any form of sin, and with the intention of observing the aforesaid conditions as soon as possible, they unite themselves in spirit and in desire to the Supreme Pontiff's intentions in prayer to Mary Immaculate, and recite the Our Father and the Creed."


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