How to Gain Indulgences for Souls in Purgatory?

October 31, 2020
Source: Priory Orlando

A brief outline of how to obtain a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Six General rules for obtaining a plenary indulgence

1. State of grace at least when performing the indulgenced act

2. Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin

3. Confession (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)

4. Communion (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)

5. Prayers for the Supreme Pontiff (20 days before or after the indulgenced act)

6. Indulgenced act: a special good work with special conditions of place and time

Indulgenced acts to be performed for obtaining a plenary indulgence

From November 1 to 8: visit a cemetery with a mental prayer for the poor souls.

On November 2: visit of a church or an oratory with one Our Father and one Creed being recited.

NB: This year, because of COVID-19, the indulgences normally reserved from November 1 to 8 can be earned any day through the month of November to the same conditions.

The Vatican also said that, because of the health emergency, the elderly, the sick, and others who cannot leave the house for serious reasons can participate in the indulgence from home by reciting prayers for the deceased before an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. They must also spiritually unite themselves to other Catholics, be completely detached from sin, and have the intention of fulfilling the ordinary conditions as soon as possible. The Vatican’s decree offered examples of prayers that homebound Catholics can pray for the dead, including lauds or vespers of the Office for the Dead, the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, other prayers for deceased among their family or friends, or performing a work of mercy by offering their pain and discomfort to God.

Partial Indulgence

A partial indulgence can be obtained at any time by visiting a cemetery and praying for the Poor Souls.

The following prayer is especially recommended:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Learn more about Indulgences:

All Souls Day: An Instruction