8 May: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

There is a beautiful tradition for this day (often right at 1200 noon).  Once upon a time one could obtain this day a plenary indulgence by reciting the Supplication to the Madonna of Pompeii.  The other day for this is the first Sunday of October.

With the changes to the concessions for indulgences, according to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, there is no longer any plenary indulgence for this prayer, notwithstanding anything you might see in some old book or on a website.  For example, if you see something about Pope Leo XIII granting an indulgence, etc., that is null and void now.

However, the new Enchiridion says with concession #17, §3 that Marian prayers obtain a partial indulgence under the condition that the prayer is approved by competent authority and that it is recited with fervor in the state of grace (you don’t need confession and Communion within 8 days, nor must you recite the prayers for the Roman Pontiffs intentions for a partial indulgence)You can receive a partial indulgence, by maintaining this beautiful custom of the Supplication today. 

For more about this, including the prayers, click HERE.  I included background on Bl. Bartolo Longo, a converted Satanic priest! John Paul II beatified Bartolo Longo in 1980.  Some of his writings form the basis of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

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7 Responses to 8 May: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

  1. APX says:

    What exactly does “with fervor” mean?

  2. Gus Barbarigo says:

    Today is also the feast/commemoration of St. Michael of Mt. Gargano, who repelled the enemies of the Roman Church with a flaming sword; Pope St. Pius V called the day, Apparatio Sancti Michaelis; there is a connection between the Mt. Gargano shrine and St. Francis:

    Blessed John Paul II spoke at the shrine: http://www.opusangelorum.org/catechesis/monte_gargano.html .

    (I believe there is a reference to an angel with a flaming sword in the Fatima apparations as well.)

  3. Random Friar says:

    We Dominicans also take this day to celebrate the patronage of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary over our entire order. In many Dominican churches and chapels, you may hear a special prayer of consecration to her.

  4. Patrick-K says:

    APX, I assume it means something along the lines of, said with sincerity, rather than just recited mechanically. So in other words, it doesn’t count if you don’t really mean what you’re saying.

  5. Lepidus says:

    Anybody know an easy way of determining whether the copy of the Enchiridion you have is new or old? Is the lack of days / years enough to indicate the new version?

  6. StWinefride says:

    Thank you, Father for posting this.

    Towards the end of the prayer it says: “Grant to all of us thy constant love and in a special manner thy maternal blessing. No, we will not leave thy feet today nor cease clasping thy knees till thou hast blessed us.

    This reminded me of how St Catherine Labouré was able to rest her hands on the knees of Our Lady during the first apparition at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, 18th July 1830:


  7. Therese says:

    The composition of this prayer is positively extraordinary. Thanks, Father, for posting it yet again.