June 29, 2016

Have a Pope-Blessed Rosary? Pray It Today!

This is something that I only discovered recently. Someone had given me a Pope Francis rosary, complete with his coat of arms on the center piece and said to have been blessed by him personally. But then I wondered to myself, in so many words, so what? Is a rosary blessed by a pope any better than a rosary blessed by any other priest?

Well, the truth is, yes. But only one day a year. And that day is today, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

Here's what the enchiridion of indulgences says:
N. 17. Christifidelis qui pietatis obiecto (crucifixo, cruce, corona, scapulari, numismate), a quovis sacerdote rite benedicto, pia utitur mente, consequitur indulgentiam partialem.  
Si autem pietatis obiectum a Summo Pontifice aut a quolibet Episcopo fuerit benedictum, christifidelis, eodem obiecto pia utens mente, assequi potest etiam indulgentiam plenariam die festo SS. Apostolorum Petri et Pauli, addita tamen, qualibet legitima formula, fidei professione.
"The faithful who make pious use of a devotional object (a crucifix, cross, rosary, scapular, or medal), duly blessed by any priest, gain a partial indulgence.

"If however the devotional object was blessed by the Supreme Pontiff or any other bishop, the faithful, making pious use of the object, on the feast day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, can gain even a plenary indulgence, having added the profession of faith according to any legitimate formula."

So if you have a rosary blessed by the Pope or any other bishop, or indeed any devotional object so blessed, today is the day to pray it or pray with it.

The gaining of plenary indulgences is, of course, subject to the normal conditions, namely being in a state of grace, confession and Holy Communion (usually it is said in plus or minus seven days), detachment from sin, and prayers for the Holy Father.

If you find the doctrine of indulgences confusing, you're not alone. Click here for my best attempt to make sense of it.


Unknown said...

Fr. Charles, can you give your indulgence to someone else?

Anonymous said...

Enchiridion Indulgentiarum
3. No one, acquiring indulgences, can apply them to other living persons.
4. Partial as well as plenary indulgences can always be applied to the departed by way of suffrage.

Code of Canon Law
Can. 994 Any member of the faithful can gain partial or plenary indulgences for oneself or apply them to the dead by way of suffrage.

The Gift of the Indulgence
7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

Brother Charles said...

Thanks for the clarification!