My recent posting about the question on administration of the sacrament of anointing led to some interesting comments. Someone mentioned the Apostolic Pardon, or Apostolic Benediction.
It is critically important that you – as a person who is going to die one day – know what this is.
It is vitally important that you – as a person whose loved ones and friends will die one day – know what this is.
It is fundamentally important that priests – as God’s ministers of pardon and the gatekeepers of heaven – know what this is so that they can give it.
The Apostolic Pardon, or Benediction, forgives temporal punishment due to our sins. If anything remains from our lives, provided we die in the state of grace, for which we have not done adequate penance is forgiven us through the Apostolic Pardon.
The older form of the Apostolic Blessing:
Ego facultate mihi ab Apostolica Sede tributa, indulgentiam plenariam et remissionem omnium peccatorum tibi concedo et benedico te. In nomine Patris, et Filii, + et Spirtus Sancti, Amen. … By the faculty given to me by the Apostolic See, I grant you a plenary indulgence and the remission of all your sins, and I bless you. In the Name of the Father and the Son + and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
In the newer form I think the words "et benedico te" were removed.
When it comes to forms of Anointing, Penance and the Apostolic Pardon, I always use Latin.
This is a marvelous faculty, given by Holy Church to the priest so that he can grant this remission of temporal punishment and forgive sins. Used in conjunction with the Last Rites, confession, anointing, and Viaticum, a soul is well prepared to go on to judgment.