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.
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 Deum – HERE
For the Veni Creator Spiritus – HERE
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 OLDIE 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.