31 Dec & 1 Jan: Plenary Indulgences!

Today, the last day of the year, you have an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, by taking part in the recitation or singing of the Te Deum in a church or oratory.

Tomorrow, 1 January, you can obtain a plenary indulgence by taking part in the singing or recitation of the Veni Creator Spiritus.

I recommend warmly that you review and excellent post by my friend Fr. Tim Finigan, the parish priest in marvelous Margate, about obtaining indulgences.  HERE

Tomorrow, we will sing the Veni Creator immediately after Mass.

Every year we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance… but this year?  Whew.



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  1. msc says:

    Those are two things I have never encountered in any of my parishes. Oh how I wish…. I also wish private recitation were enough. The oersistent requirement that such hymns etc. be sung by a group makes it very hard on us who live in areas where this never happens.

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  3. Thomas S says:

    Fr. Z.,

    We did the best we could on short notice. I preached on the indulgence at the end of my homily and stayed in place for the entirety of “Come, Holy Ghost” (as in the missalette so people could sing along) before recessing. I couldn’t get a definitive answer from any other priest if that was sufficient. I know there are more verses, but we didn’t have the text of it for the congregation. And trying to get them to sing all the verses of the Latin which they aren’t yet equipped to pronounce wasn’t particularly feasible this year. I went right to the Box afterwards as well.

    Does what we did fulfill the requirement for gaining the indulgence, all other conditions being met?

  4. Fr. Kelly says:

    We have the St. Michael Hymnal, which has both the Te Deum and the Veni Creator in Latin with an English translation following.
    At the end of Mass yesterday and today I invited the people to follow along in Latin or in English and to sing with me if they were comfortable doing do. I knelt at the Altar steps with the servers and led the singing in Latin followed by Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the Intentions of the Holy Father.
    Three of the Requirements met, the rest is up to my people!

  5. Nan says:

    FWIW, Thomas S, my high school German teacher told us it was impossible to mispronounce words when singing.

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