INDULGENCE 1st Sunday of October – 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 8 May.

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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6 Responses to INDULGENCE 1st Sunday of October – Supplication to O.L. of Pompeii

  1. AnnTherese says:

    Today is also the feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, and a good day to reflect on all the “little things” we do and say in our daily lives. Do they express love for God and one another?

  2. Marion Ancilla Mariae says:

    After his conversion from the Satanic, Blessed Bartolo Longo felt such compunction about the sins of his past life that he felt called to spend the remainder of his days preaching the Rosary to the most forgotten and neglected Catholics in his homeland of Italy. He went to the poorest and most remote regions – the areas around Pompeii, where most of the very poor peasants were nominally Catholic, but few could be said to have been evangelized in any meaningful way. Blessed Bartolo and those co-workers he gathered around him labored to spread the Gospel and devotion to the Rosary for years before there were any signs of success. At last miracles began to be reported in one of the churches that was a center of Bartolo’s missionary work, and large numbers of pilgrims from outside the region arrived to visit there. He was able to raise funds to build a beautiful new shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. The funds raised included pennies per month pledged by many of the local peasantry among whom Bartolo had labored for so long.

    Who is to say whether, in the sight of God, and given our respective backgrounds, graces and gifts, my more run-of-the-mill and “bourgeois” past sins constitute lesser offenses against His Majesty. And therefore, the question presents itself: am I making acts of reparation, if not to the degree that Blessed Bartolo did, then at least in the spirit in which he did? And if not, would it make sense to ask Our Lady of the most Holy Rosary to receive the gift of the same spirit of charity and penance that animated the work of Blessed Bartolo, and that helped to establish that magnificent shrine in what had once been the middle of absolutely nowhere?

  3. gheg says:

    Speaking of indulgences: In his booklet, The New Regulations on Indulgences, the late Fr. Winfred Herbst says that the abolition of the privileged altar means that all altars are now privileged. Do you believe that to be the case, and that every Mass for the Dead now carries with it a plenary indulgence applicable to the deceased person for whom it is offered?

  4. Imrahil says:

    Having seen that right now, on the Monday after the first Sunday in October…

    I think (I do think) the spirit of the tradition is still kept when the prayer is prayed on October 7, rather than the first Sunday. The first Sunday in October used to be the feast of the Holy Rosary, until pope St. Pius X. fixed that to October 7.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    From Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel archives, republished last week including photographs: “For more than 60 years, the “little pink church” was the spiritual heart of Milwaukee’s Italian community.

    But the church — Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, 419 N. Jackson St. — was also in the path of “progress,” a dangerous place to be in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

    Built in 1904, the church was the center of Italian Catholic life in the Third Ward for decades. But by the 1960s, urban renewal and freeway construction had left the church — known for the pink bricks it was built from and the marble statue of an angel that stood watch atop its steeple — isolated in a sea of weeds and parking lots…”

  6. Dan says:

    This is a beautiful prayer.
    Father, your comment struck me “The treasury of our faith is very rich, indeed.”

    There are so many beautiful traditions in our Church. Things like this prayer that can be brought home and recited. Sending home blessed chalk at Epiphany, and bringing wine on the Feast of St. John the Apostle are other such traditions. Traditions that tether the Church to the home.

    These types of devotions have been largely obscured and forgotten in recent years, sitting in the cobwebs with statues, fiddleback vestments and altar rails.

    We need these devotions to bring the Church back into our homes!

    I would like to pose the question, what other lost devotions tied to the liturgical calendar can be used to drive devotion back into the home?

    I would love to see a book or a website with a list of some of these wonderful prayers and traditions tied to a calendar for reference.