8 May: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii at 1200h

There is a beautiful tradition for this day, 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. 

I called the office of the Apostolic Penitentiary in May 2007 to confirm this.

The text of the prayer to recite is below (in English).  The language may seem florid to 21st century ears and tongues but it is vigorous, serious, and super Catholic.  We need more unabashedly fervent prayers like this, friends.  If you have a hard time reciting this, you can listen.  I attached an audio file of the prayer to this entry.

Brief background: This devotion was started by Bl. Bartolo Longo, who had once been a Satanist "priest".  He converted, did penance, and became a lay Dominican. In 1872, Longo, a lawyer, went to Pompeii see to the affairs of Countess Marianna Farnararo De Fusco. He started there a Confraternity of the Rosary.  They obtained a picture of the Blessed Virgin from a monastery, which before that was in a second hand store, before which they could recite the Rosary every day.  It showed Mary with Sts. Dominic and Catherine of Siena.  In 1875 Longo received permission to build a church.  Miracles were reported and pilgrimages began.  The picture has been restored several times since then.  Longo also saw tot he building of complex for works of mercy with orphans and prisoners.  Pope John Paul II beatified Bartolo Longo in 1980.  Some of his writings form the basis of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

You reach the sanctuary easily by walking just a few minutes out the back gate of the ancient ruins of Pompeii, famously destroyed  by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.

Here is the prayer to be recited (twice during the year).  It obtains, under the usual conditions, a partial indulgence. 

Here is the indulgenced text (written by Bl. Bartolo Longo), to recite at noon:


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O august Queen of victories, Virgin who reignest in paradise, whose mighty name causes heaven to rejoice and hell to tremble, o glorious Queen of the most holy Rosary, we, thy happy children chosen by thy goodness in this century to build thee a temple at Pompeii, kneeling at thy feet on this solemn day to commemorate thy latest triumphs on the spot where idols and demons were formerly worshipped, we pour out with tears the feelings of our hearts and with a filial confidence lay before thee our miseries.

From that throne of mercy where thou sittest as Queen, o Mary, turn down thy pitiful eyes on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe, and the whole Church; take into pity the afflictions which overwhelm us and the cares which embitter our life. Thou seest, o Mother, how many dangers of soul and body, how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.

O Mother, keep back the arm of justice of thy indignant Son, and conquer by thy mercy the hearts of sinners, since they are our brethren and thy children, redeemed through the blood of our sweet Jesus and through the wounds of thy most tender heart pierced with the sword. Show thyself to all in this day, as thou art, the Queen of peace and mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,…
        –    Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
        –    Give me strength against thy enemies.
        –    Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
        –    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

It is but too true that we, although thy children, are the first who crucify Jesus in our hearts and wound anew thy heart by our sins. We confess it, we deserve the severest chastisements; yet remember how thou didst receive, on the top of Golgotha, the last drops of that divine blood, and the testament of our dying Redeemer. And this testament of a God, sealed with the blood of a Man-God, appointed thee our Mother, the Mother of sinners. Thus, as our Mother, thou art our Advocate and our Hope. To thee, amidst sighs,  do we lift up our hands, crying for mercy!

Have pity, good mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, on our relations, on our friends, on our departed brethren, above all, on our enemies, and on so many who claim the name of Christians, yet wound the loving heart of thy Son. Pity, o Mother, we now implore thee for pity on the erring nations, on all Europe, on the whole world, that they may repair repentant to thy heart. Be merciful to all, o Mother of mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,…
        –    Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
        –    Give me strength against thy enemies.
        –    Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
        –    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

What does it cost thee, o Mary, to hear us? What does it cost thee to save us? Did not Jesus entrust to thy hands all the treasures of his graces and mercies? Thou sittest as Queen at the right hand of thy Son, crowned with immortal glory, above all the choirs of angels. Thou extendest thy dominion as far as the heavens expand, the earth and all the creatures that people it are subject to thee. Thy power even reaches hell; and thou alone,  o Mary, canst rescue us from the devil’s grasp. Thou art almighty by grace, and therefore thou canst save us. Now if you sayest thou wilIest not help us because we are ungrateful children and unworthy of thy protection, tell us at least to whom shall we have recourse in order to be released from so many evils? Oh! No, thy maternal heart will never bear to see the ruin of thy children. The divine Child we behold on thy knees, the mystical crown we admire in thy hand, both inspire us with hope that we will be heard. And full of confidence in thee, we throw ourselves at thy feet, we trust ourselves as feeble children into the arms of the tenderest amongst mothers and today, this very day, we expect from thee the graces we are longing for.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,…
        –    Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
        –    Give me strength against thy enemies.
        –    Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
        –    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us ask Mary for her blessing

We now ask of thee, o Queen, a last favor which thou canst not refuse on this solemn day. 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. Bless now, o Mary, the sovereign Pontiff: to the first laurels of thy crown, to the ancient trophies of the Rosary, whence thou art called Queen of victories, add also this one, o Mother, grant triumph to religion and peace to mankind. Bless our bishop, the priests and particularly those who promote the honor of thy Sanctuary; bless finally all those who are associated to thy new temple of Pompeii and who practice and spread devotion to thy most holy rosary .

O blessed rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love, which connects us with the angels, tower of safety against the assaults of hell, sure harbor in the universal shipwreck, never more shall we part with thee; thou shall be our comfort in the hour of agony: to thee the last kiss of our life; and the last word of our dying lips shall be thy sweet name, o Queen of the Rosary of Valle di Pompei. Mother dear, only refuge of sinners, supreme comforter of the afflicted, blessed be thy name, now and forever, on earth and in heaven. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,…
         –    Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, o sacred Virgin.
         –    Give me strength against thy enemies.
         –    Pray for us, Queen of the most holy Rosary,
         –    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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14 Responses to 8 May: Indulgence – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii at 1200h

  1. Dave says:

    What a beautiful prayer. I’ve printed it out for later today.
    Thank you Father Z.

  2. Dave says:

    What a beautiful prayer. I’ve printed this out for reading later today.
    Thank you Father Z.

  3. Many thanks to Father for his labor in providing this to a wide audience today.

    Today is a rich day: the Appendix to the 1962 Missale provides a proper Mass for the BVM, Mediatrix of All Graces, which was moved to 8 May after being displaced on 31 May by the BVM, Queen. This feast’s office is one of the most common “extra” offices found in the backs of breviaries. Besides this and a few other Marian feasts for which the Appendix provides texts, there is also the Apparition of Saint Michael on Mount Gargano, which was kept in the Appendix after being dropped as a mandatory feast in 1961.

  4. Barbara Ruth Campbell says:

    I just read this aloud in the privacy of my office.
    To quote: “I was shocked at the degree to which these people had been abandoned. They were ignorant of the simplest prayers and the most rudimentary ideas of catechism …Their religion was a mixture of superstition and popular tradition, rather than a real and true cult of God. For their every need, even the basest, they would go to a witch, a sorceress, in order to obtain charms and witchcraft.”

    I live in South Texas where one could easily write the same words today.
    I pray to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and the Queen of Heaven, that
    she be my constant companion in trying to teach my neighbors about Her.

    Thank you, Father, for posting this today.

  5. Mr. WAC says:

    One might add that Blessed Bartolo was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre the year before he died and is venerated by the Order.

  6. Eric the Read says:

    I’d never heard of this before, but as today is my birthday, I think this is a wonderful thing to do on it. Thanks for letting us know about it, Father!

  7. Richard T says:

    Rev. Father, is there an authoritative, up to date list of current indulgences anywhere online?

  8. Volpius says:

    “Rev. Father, is there an authoritative, up to date list of current indulgences anywhere online?”

    I to would like to see this, after all what is the point of granting the faithful indulgences if we don’t know what they are?

    It was a bit harsh to get rid of a lot of them to imo.

  9. George Festa says:

    My family and I are going to a TLM at our parish church tonight, I wonder which feast will be celebrated (I am hoping for the Apparition of St. Michael – but doubt that this is an option if it was dropped in 1961 as Dr. Lee Fratantuono points out).

    I’ll keep you posted !

  10. Oh…it’s still an option…just not required. The 1962 Missale kept the three May feasts of Invention of the Holy Cross, John before the Latin Gate, and the Apparition of Michael…they were just relegated to the Appendix.

  11. Marcus says:

    Since my reconversion, I have become a devotee to the Holy Rosary. A while back, I found a little tin rosary box with an image of the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii on it (spelled Pompei on the box). I didn’t know what it was, and was astounded to learn the amazing story about Bl. Longo. I now have a large, beautiful framed image of the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii hanging prominently on my living room wall. I have always felt passionately that the Blessed Mother was deeply involved in pulling me out of the depths of my sinful life, which is probably why I am so attracted to this devotion and Bl. Longo’s story. I didn’t know about the beautiful prayer and indulgence, though. Thanks, and may God bless you all.

  12. George Festa says:

    The TLM at my parish today
    was celebrated as a fourth class Ferial day after the Ascension: Gloria, no creed,and Ascension preface (E.M. Lohmann Cathedral Daily Missal c. 1961).

    I had my 1956 St. Joseph’s Daily Missal with me all set for the Double Major
    feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel. It just goes to show that having the right missal (and knowing how to use it)is very important.

    As Fr. Z mentioned earlier, there is a serious need for an overhaul to the church calendar and martyrology to include new saints and accomodate both forms of the Latin Rite

  13. Maureen says:

    That’s not so much a prayer as a whole little paraliturgy.

  14. Rob F. says:

    Richard T. asked, “is there an authoritative, up to date list of current indulgences anywhere online?”

    Why yes there is:

    Periodic updates for special occasions (WYD, etc.) can be found here: