A reminder to everyone that there is a plenary indulgence attached to the visitation of a cemetery on All Souls Day.
Today we are visiting each of the three cemeteries in my parish and offering prayers for our dead. There is a nice little order in the book of blessings for it.
The first visit went very well. I went out early to pray a rosary for anyone who had no one to pray for them and also to ask for the prayers fo the Holy Souls.
We had a good number of people show up at the first blessing. It is a small parish but I would say that between 10-20% of the registered families showed up to pray with me. That is very good considering it is a work day and the farmers are racing to bring the crops in.
At the end I encouraged them all to go to the graves of their loved ones and offer a Hail Mary at each grave. It was a beaitufl thing to see those people fan out into the cemtery as I was heading back to the parish. Little rows of people standing at the foot of the graves of their loved ones.
I hope each person who reads this will ocnsider visiting a cemetery today and praying for the dead. Even if you are far from where your loved ones are buried we know that God is outside of time and space. You can pray for someone who has no on to pray for them and do yourself a world of good if you fulfill the conditions required for the indulgence. Here is the related information:
Visit to a Cemetery. Only applicable to the souls in Purgatory when one devoutly visits and prays for the departed. A PLENARY INDULGENCE is bestowed for this work each day between November 1 and November 8.
# § 1. To be capable of gaining an indulgence for oneself, it is required that one be baptized, not excommunicated, in the state of grace at least at the completion of the prescribed works, and a subject of the one granting the indulgence.
§ 2. In order that one who is capable may actually gain indulgences, one must have at least a general intention to gain them and must in accordance with the tenor of the grant perform the enjoined works at the time and in the manner prescribed. 22
# Unless the tenor of the grant clearly indicates otherwise, indulgences granted by a Bishop can be gained by his subjects even outside his territory and by others within his territory who are exempt or who have or do not have a domicile elsewhere. 23
# § 1. A plenary indulgence can be acquired once only in the course of a day.
§ 2. But one can obtain the plenary indulgence for the moment of death, even if another plenary indulgence had already been acquired on the same day.
§ 3. A partial indulgence can be acquired more than once a day, unless otherwise expressly indicated. 24
# The work prescribed for acquiring a plenary indulgence connected with a church or oratory consists in a devout visit and the recitation during the visit of one Our Father and the Creed. 25
# To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent.
If the latter disposition is in any way less than perfect or if the prescribed three conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence will be partial only, saving the provisions given below in Norm 34 and in Norm 35 concerning those who are “impeded.” 26
# The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the prescribed work; it is, however, fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff be said on the same day the work is performed. 27
# A single sacramental confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Communion must be received and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence. 28
# The condition of praying for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary; nevertheless, each one is free to recite any other prayer according to his piety and devotion. 29
# The norms regarding plenary indulgences, particularly the one stated above in Norm 24, § 1, apply also to what up to now have been customarily called “toties quoties” [“as often as”] plenary indulgences.
In all but the plenary indulgence of In Articulo Mortis, at the moment of death, a plenary indulgence mentioned below MUST be accompanied by the three prerequisites of a plenary indulgence.
1. Sacramental Confession,
2. Communion, and
3. Prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time.