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Draw Us after TheeDaily Indulgenced Devotions for Catholics
By Nicole M. McGinnis
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Chapter OneCanons on Indulgences
Taken from the Code of Canon Law and Contained in the Raccolta
Art. I. Of the Granting of Indulgences
Can. 911. All men are to value indulgences highly: that is to say, the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin even after its guilt has been forgiven, which ecclesiastical authority grants from the treasury of the Church in behalf of the living after the manner of an absolution, and in behalf of the dead after the manner of an intercession.
Can. 917. 1. On the day of the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, all Masses enjoy the same privilege as if they were celebrated at a privileged altar.
2. All the altars of a church are privileged during the Forty Hours' devotion.
Can. 919. 1 ...
2. In publishing books, pamphlets, etc., in which grants of indulgences for various prayers or pious practices are set forth, the prescription of canon 1388 is to be observed.
Can. 920. Those who have obtained from the Supreme Pontiff grants of indulgences for all the faithful are obliged, under pain of nullity of the favor obtained, to present authentic copies of these same grants to the Sacred Penitentiary.
Can. 921. 1. A plenary indulgence granted for feasts of Our Lord Jesus Christ or for feast soft he Blessed Virgin Mary, is understood to be granted only for feasts which are found in the universal calendar.
2. A plenary or partial indulgence granted for feasts of the Apostles, is understood to be granted only for the feasts of their nativity.
3. A plenary indulgence granted as daily, either perpetually or for a certain period of time, to those who visit a certain church or public oratory, is to be understood in the sense that it can be gained on any day, but only once a year, by any one of the faithful, unless it is expressly stated otherwise in the decree.
Can. 922. Indulgences attached to feasts or solemn prayers, or the prayers of a novena, a seven days' devotion or a triduum, which are performed before or after a Feast or even during its Octave, are understood to be transferred to the day to which these feasts are lawfully transferred, if the transferred feast has an Office and a Mass without solemnity or external celebration and if the transference is made perpetually, or if the solemnity and external celebration of the feast are transferred either for a time or perpetually.
Can. 923. To gain an indulgence appointed for a particular day, if a visit to a church or oratory is required, this can be done from noon of the previous day up to midnight of the appointed day.
Can. 924. 1....
2. Indulgences attached to rosaries or other sacred objects cease only when the rosaries or other objects completely cease to exist or are sold.
Art. II. Of Acquiring Indulgences
Can. 925. 1. In order that a person may be capable of gaining indulgences for himself, he must be baptized, not excommunicated, in the state of grace at least at the end of the prescribed works, and the subject of the grantor.
2. Moreover, in order that one who is capable may actually gain the indulgences, he must have at least a general intention of acquiring them and must fulfil the prescribed works at the appointed time and in an appropriate manner according to the general sense of the grant.
Can. 926. A plenary indulgence is understood to be so granted that if one should be unable to gain it fully, he will nevertheless gain it partially, in keeping with the disposition that he has.
Can. 928.1. A plenary indulgence, unless it be otherwise expressly stated, can be gained only once a day, even though the prescribed work be performed several times.
2. A partial indulgence, unless the contrary be expressly stated, can be gained frequently throughout the day, whenever the prescribed work is repeated.
Can. 929. The faithful of either sex who, in the pursuit of perfection, or for the purpose of training or education, or even for the sake of health, lead a community life in houses lacking a church or public chapel but established with the consent of the Ordinary, and likewise all persons who live there to wait upon them, whenever to gain an indulgence a visit is prescribed to some unspecified church or public oratory, can visit the chapel of their own house in which they lawfully fulfil their obligation of hearing Mass, provided that they duly perform the other works enjoined.
Can. 930. No one gaining an indulgence can apply it to others who are still living; but all indulgences granted by the Roman Pontiff, unless the contrary is evident, are applicable to the souls in purgatory.
Can. 931. 1. The confession which may be required for gaining any particular indulgences can be made within the eight days which immediately precede the day to which the indulgences are appointed; and the Communion may take place on the previous day; or again both conditions may be satisfied within the following eight days.
2. Likewise, to gain indulgences for pious exercises conducted for three days or for a week, etc., the confession and Communion may be made within the eight days immediately following the close of the exercises.
3. The faithful who are accustomed, unless lawfully hindered, to approach the sacrament of penance at least twice a month, or to receive Holy Communion in the state of grace and with a right and devout intention daily, although they may abstain from it once or twice during the week, can gain all indulgences, even without the actual confession which would otherwise be necessary for gaining them, except the indulgences of an ordinary or extraordinary jubilee, or those granted in the form of a jubilee.
Can. 932. An indulgence cannot be gained by a work to which one is already bound by law or precept, unless it is expressly stated otherwise in the grant of the same; one, however, who performs a work imposed upon him as a sacramental penance and enriched with indulgences, may at one and the same time fulfil his penance and gain the indulgences.
Can. 933. To one and the same thing or place several indulgences can be attached for various reasons; but by one and the same work, to which by different titles various indulgences are attached, one cannot gain these several indulgences, unless the required work be confession or Communion, or unless the contrary be explicitly stated.
Can. 934. 1. If, in order to gain certain indulgences, prayer in general according to the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff be prescribed, merely mental prayer does not suffice; the vocal prayer, however, may be selected at the choice of the faithful, unless a particular prayer is assigned.
2. If a particular prayer should be assigned, the indulgences can be gained in whatever language it may be recited, provided that the translation be officially correct, either by virtue of a declaration of the Sacred Penitentiary, or of one of the local Ordinaries of the place where the language into which the prayer has been translated is commonly used; but the indulgences cease entirely if there has been any addition, omission or interpolation.
3. To gain the indulgences it is sufficient to recite the prayer alternately with a companion, or to follow it in one's mind while it is being recited by another.
Can. 935. The pious exercises enjoined for gaining indulgences can be commuted into others by any confessor, in behalf of those who are prevented from performing them by some lawful impediment.
Can. 936. Deaf-mutes can gain indulgences attached to public prayers, if, in company with others of the faithful who are praying in the same place, they raise their hearts and minds to God; and, if there is question of private prayers, it is enough for them to repeat them in their minds, or to express them by signs, or even merely to run over them with their eyes.
The Heroic Act of Charity
a) The faithful who make the heroic act in favor of the souls detained in purgatory, may gain:
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the dead:
1st on any day that they receive Holy Communion, if they have made their confession and visited some church or public oratory and prayed for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff;
2nd on any Monday of the year, or if some impediment arises, on the following Sunday, if they attend Mass in supplication for the faithful departed and moreover fulfill the usual conditions
b) Priests, who make the aforesaid heroic act, may enjoy the indult of a personal privileged altar every day of the year (S. C. Ind., Sept. 30, 1852 and Nov. 20, 1854; S. P. Ap., Jan. 26, 1932).
Formula of the Heroic Act
O Holy and Adorable Trinity, desiring to co-operate in the deliverance of the souls in Purgatory, and to testify my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cede and renounce in behalf of those holy souls all the satisfactory part of my works, and all the suffrages which may be given to me after my death, signing them entirely into the hands of the most Blessed Virgin, that she may apply them according to her good pleasure to those souls of the faithful departed whom she desires to deliver from their sufferings. Deign, O my God, to accept and bless this offering which I make to Thee at this moment. Amen.
A Word about the Heroic Act of Charity (taken from Purgatory Explained by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, S.J. p. 265-268)
"This act consists in ceding to them [the holy souls in purgatory] all our works of satisfaction, that is to say, the satisfactory value of all the works of our life and of all the suffrages which shall be given to us after our death, without reserving anything wherewith to discharge our own debts. We deposit them in the hands of the Blessed Virgin, that she may distribute them, according to her good pleasure, to those souls which she desires to deliver from Purgatory ...
... in order to dissipate all subsequent fear which might arise in the mind, we add three remarks: 1. This act leaves us perfect liberty to pray for those souls in whom we are most interested; the application of these prayers is subject to the disposition of the adorable will of God, which is always infinitely perfect and infinitely loving. 2. It does not oblige under pain of mortal sin, and can at any time be revoked. It may be made without using any particular formula; it suffices to have the intention, and to make it from the heart. Nevertheless it is useful to recite the formula of offering from time to time, in order to stimulate our zeal for the relief of the holy souls by prayer, penance, and good works. 3. The Heroic Act does not subject us to the direful consequences of having to undergo a long Purgatory ourselves; on the contrary, it allows us to rely with more assured confidence on the mercy of God in our regard, as is shown by the example of St. Gertrude.
Venerable Denis, the Carthusian, relates that the Virgin, St. Gertrude, had made a complete donation of all her works of satisfaction in favor of the faithful departed, without reserving anything wherewith to discharge the debts which she herself might have contracted in the sight of God. Being at the point of death, and, like all the saints, considering with much sorrow the great number of her sins on the one hand, and, on the other, remembering that she had employed all her works of satisfaction for the expiation of the sins of others, she was afflicted, lest, having given all to others and reserved nothing for herself, her soul, on its departure from this world, should be condemned to horrible suffering. In the midst of her fears our Lord appeared to her and consoled her, saying: "Be reassured, My daughter, your charity towards the departed will be no detriment to you. Know that the generous donation you have made of all your works to the holy souls has been singularly pleasing to Me; and to give you a proof thereof, I declare to you that all the pains you would have had to endure in the other life are now remitted; moreover, in recompense for your generous charity, I will so enhance the value of the merits of your works as to give you a great increase of glory in Heaven."
Devotions for Movable Feast Days
Prayer for Good Friday
O Jesus, Who by reason of Thy burning love for us hast willed to be crucified and to shed Thy Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us here gathered together in remembrance of Thy most sorrowful Passion and Death, fully trusting in Thy mercy; cleanse us from sin by Thy grace, sanctify our toil, give unto us and unto all those who are dear to us our daily bread, sweeten our sufferings, bless our families, and to the nations so sorely afflicted, grant Thy peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Thy commandments we may come at last to the glory of heaven. Amen.
The faithful, who recite this prayer with devotion at three o'clock on Good Friday, the hour when Our Lord Jesus Christ expired on the Cross, are granted:
An indulgence of 500 days (S. P. Ap., Jan. 15, 1940).
Prayers of the Novena before the Feast of Pentecost
The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding the Feast of Pentecost, may gain:
An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena;
A plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises, and moreover go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father's intention.
Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Ghost, either before Pentecost or at any other time in the year, may gain:
An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of their novena;
A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the close of the novena; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from taking part in the same (Pius IX, Audience, Jan. 3, 1849; S. C. of Bishops and Regulars, Jan. 28, 1850; S. C. Ind., Nov. 26, 1876; Apostolic Brief, May 5, 1895; Encyclical Letter "Divinum illud munus," May 9, 1897; S. P. Ap., May 12, 1934).
Holy Ghost/Pentecost Novena
Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere "Speak Lord for Thy servant heareth." Amen.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
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