FATHERS!  Tell your people.

Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum.

To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met.

1. Sacramental confession and Communion within a brief time (about 20 days)
2. The prescribed good work (for 31 Dec. the recital of the Te Deum)
3. Prayers for the Pope’s designated intentions (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary)
5. Detestation of and detachment from even venial sins (without which only a partial indulgence can be gained), at the time of the indulgenced work.

Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s DAY, 1 January (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus.

Same conditions.

For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sins).

Indulgences can be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

For the Te DeumHERE

For the Veni Creator SpiritusHERE

For your edification you might listen to some musical settings of the Te Deum.  In Gregorian chant there are Solemn and Simple tones.  There are numerous orchestral and choral settings.

Perhaps you have a favorite setting?

This is kinda fun.  When the French get it right, it’s pretty awesome.  With the great organ of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.  From Les Grandes heures liturgiques à Notre-Dame de Paris.  US HERE – UK HERE –  and check today’s CHRISTMASCAzT!

Be CAREFUL with the volume!

Indulgences… don’t leave life without them.

Did you know that there is a partial indulgence attached to recitation of your customary prayer after a meal?  “Agimus tibi gratias… We give Thee thanks, o Lord,…”.

Think about it.

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13 Responses to ACTION ITEM! 31 DEC & 1 JAN – Plenary INDULGENCES Alert!

  1. Fr. Reader says:


  2. Hawkwood says:

    Can someone explain further what, “Pope’s designated intentions” means? I really do not mean to sound snarky or combative, but I do admit to being more than a little concerned what the current Pope’s “intentions” are, and how that works into the indulgence… I hope I’m making sense.

    I admit to still being somewhat of a neophyte Catholic, having only come back to the Church after 35 years away, and suffering from poor NO education and abuse prior to that.


  3. robert hightower says:

    Thank you for the reminder, Father. I’ll be sure to do these with my family.

  4. DebbieInCT says:

    Thank you Father! Can the recitation be in private, ie. alone at home, or does it need to be in public?

  5. Gab says:

    I went to (N.O.) Mass on Dec 31 (it’s already 2019 here as I write) and the Te Deum was not said after Mass, let alone sung. So another parishioner and I knelt together in Church after Mass and publicly said the Te Deum together.

    I am uncertain if this still merits an indulgence given the priest never said the prayer.

  6. Hawkwood: what, “Pope’s designated intentions” means?

    That phrase, ‘pray for [the Pope’s] intentions’ does not mean praying for the Pope. It means praying for the intentions that the Pope designates.

    However, the manual by Prümmer says that the intentions of the Holy Father for which we are to pray have a tradition of five basic categories which were fixed:

    1. Exaltatio S. Matris Ecclesiae (Triumph/elevation/stablity/growth of Holy Mother Church)
    2. Extirpatio haeresum (Extirpation/rooting out of heresies),
    3. Propagatio fidei (Propagation/expansion/spreading of the Faith)
    4. Conversio peccatorum (Conversion of sinners),
    5. Pax inter principes christianos (Peace between christian rulers).

    These five categories were also listed in the older, 1917 Code of Canon Law, which is now superseded by the 1983 Code.

    However, they remain good intentions all.

    If you don’t happen to know what’ Francis’ intentions are – or even if you do – you can always join these intentions to your prayers for “whatever it was that the Pope designated”, always in accord with God’s will.

  7. Charles E Flynn says:

    @Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ,

    One of the more annoying aspects of the modern world is the apparently endless appropriation of ordinary, everyday words to have a restricted, technical meaning that may not be warranted by the original meaning of the word.

    I probably saw the word “fixed” six decades ago, but never have I seen it used more reassuringly, and with its unadulterated meaning.

  8. Hawkwood says:

    Gab, Fr. Z,

    Thanks very much for the clarifying information. It is appreciated!

  9. Shonkin says:

    I second Debbie in CT’s question. I understood the plenary indulgence to be attached only to a public recitation. Is there only a partial indulgence attached to a private recitation?

  10. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    At the Church Music Association of America website ( a stalwart soul (a choirmaster) has posted both the complete list from 1968 and what he calls the “Low Hanging Fruit” which a choir can accomplish.

  11. Fr. Kelly says:

    What are we to do when our priests do not lead these prayers?
    To pray them publicly means to pray them with the authority of and on behalf of the Church.
    (This is how clerics ray the divine office.)
    According to the grant, public recitation in any approved translation is required.
    If a lay person wants to gain this indulgence and the Veni Creator was not recited publicly in their parish, does that count as her being legitimately impeded, so that she may gain the indulgence by private recitation?

  12. Fr. Kelly says:

    We did pray both publicly in my parish

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