Saturday, August 29, 2009

Indulgences for praying the Rosary

An Indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment we suffer for our sins either in Purgatory or on earth. A Plenary Indulgence remits all the temporal punishment due to sin. A Partial Indulgence remits part of it.

A Plenary Indulgence...
may be gained (under the usual conditions) when the Rosary is prayed in Church, in a family group or in a religious community. Also:
  • Five (5) decades of the Rosary must be prayed continuously.
  • The prayers of the Rosary must be prayed vocally and one must meditate upon the Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • If the recitation of the Rosary is public, the Mysteries of the Rosary must be announced.
A Partial Indulgence...
One may gain a partial indulgence for the Rosary's recitation in whole or in part in other circumstances.
A Plenary Indulgence...
can be gained only once a day (except by those who are in danger of death.)
* to gain a plenary indulgence one must perform the indulgenced act. Three other conditions must be fulfilled:
  1. A sacramental confession
  2. Eucharistic Communion
  3. Prayers for the Pope's intentions
In addition, one must be free of all attachments to sin, even venial sin. If this complete integrity is not present or if the above conditions are not fulfilled the indulgence is only partial. Both a plenary and partial indulgence may be applied to the dead.


People, said...

is not sin plenary or non-plenary? where is there mention of the counting of the rosaries in the bible?

Parry Sequeira said...

Dear Reader 'People',

Greetings of peace and joy in risen Christ.

I will address the second part of your question.

A basic question I would present to you is - would anyone set any limit to say - "I Love You" to his or her beloved mother or wife?

Telling Mary you love her and asking for her help and intercession is what is commanded by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:1 as being good and acceptable in the sight of God. It is no different than professing love for your spouse over and over again.

Now, to answer your query,

"where is there mention of the counting of the rosaries in the bible?"

Pope John Paul II, explains well about Rosary and the role of Mother Mary in reaching Christ our Blessed Lord.


Mindlessly repeating the Hail Mary prayer without the meditation on these mysteries would be vain repitition, but when the vocal prayer (the body of the rosary), is combined with the mental meditation of the 20 mysteries (the soul of the rosary), then it is actually praying the gospel of Jesus Christ !

The word “prayer” means to ask, not “to worship”. People who say the Hail Mary do not worship Mary, any more than Gabriel did when he told Mary – “Hail full of grace” (Luke 1:28), and Elizabeth did when she said “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus”, Luke 1:42).

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Parry Sequeira said...

Dear Reader 'People',

Now let me address your first question.

"is not sin plenary or non-plenary?"


1471 The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.

What is an indulgence?

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."81

"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin."82 The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead."

The most famous biblical example of someone getting an indulgence is when Jesus, from the cross in Luke 23:43, gave the good thief complete remission for his sins, promising him that he would be in paradise that day.

This power of binding and loosing sins and punishment was given to the Church by Jesus, in Matthew 18:18, when he said

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

“Whatever” means anything, including punishment for sins.

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