Monday, 2 November 2015

All Souls' Day

Today is All Souls' Day.

Today - and for the whole of November - do not forget about indulgences. It is a great act of charity to speed souls through Purgatory, and I hope and pray people will do the same for me in due course.

"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."(2 Macch. 12, 46).

You need to be in a state of grace - so if not Confession is the first stop. 
All indulgences are subject to the usual conditions  (sacramental Confession, holy Communion and prayers for the Holy Father's intentions, within a week).
Indulgenced Acts for the Holy Souls (h/t Catholic Culture)
A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November.

This is the Introit for the Mass for the Dead in the Extraordinary Form.

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