Thursday, 10 June 2010

Last chance for Year for Priests indulgences....

The Pope will officially close of the Year for Priests tomorrow, Friday  11 June  - when it was originally announced the official decree said that it would run until June 19, but based on the official websites that seems to have changed. 

At his General Audience this week for example, the Pope said that:"The Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, which we celebrate the day after tomorrow, marks the end of the Year for Priests. Thousands of priests from all over the world will come together in Rome to praise the Lord and renew their vows. I invite everyone to participate in this event with their prayers".

So today and tomorrow would seem to be your last chances to obtain the Indulgences proclaimed for the year. 

In particular, today (Thursday) you can obtain a partial indulgence(s) by devoutly reciting five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glorias, or another expressly approved prayer, in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to obtain that priests be preserved in purity and holiness of life.

And tomorrow, a plenary indulgence "...is granted to all the faithful who are truly repentant who, in church or in chapel, devoutly attend the divine Sacrifice of Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, for the priests of the Church, and any other good work which they have done on that day, so that he may sanctify them and form them in accordance with His Heart, as long as they have made expiation for their sins through sacramental confession and prayed in accordance with the Supreme Pontiff's intentions..."

The pious thing would surely be to apply those indulgences to priests (in purgatory), perhaps particularly remembering those who have said the traditional mass for our communities.  I'm sure that there are many names missing from this list (and please do add to it by way of the comments box or email), but the names I've been given for my priest list are as follows:

Bishop Aloysius Morgan (obit 21.5.08)
Father Jim Boberg
Father Thomas O'Sullivan
Father Jim Boland
Father Harry Fenton
Msgr John Kelly (obit 5 August).

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