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Plenary Indulgence

Associated with the Holy Rosary


The purpose of this brief document is to inform the Faithful about how to earn a Plenary Indulgence with the prayer of the Holy Rosary. This Heavenly Gift has been available for many decades and may be obtained at any time as long as some basic conditions are met.


The information that we will present in this document - word by word - was copied from:

The book Enchiridion of Indulgences - Norms and Grants, translated by William T. Barry, C.SS.R., from the second revised Edition of the "Enchiridion Indulgentiarum" issued by the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary on 1960.

Imprimatur March 31, 1969. Originally published by: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 1969


Norms on Indulgences

1. An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned. (p 21)

2. An indulgence is partial or plenary, according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due for sin. (p 21)


+ 1. To be capable of gaining and indulgence for oneself, it is required that one be baptized, not excommunicated, in the state of grace at least at the completion of the prescribed works, and a subject of the one (1) granting the indulgence. (p 25)

+ 2. In order that one who is capable may actually gain indulgences, one must have at least a general intention to gain them and must in accordance with the tenor of the grant perform the enjoined works at the time and in the manner prescribed. (p 25)

24. 1. A plenary indulgence can be acquired once only in the course of a day. (p 25)

26. To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff (2). It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent. (p 26)

27. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the prescribed work; it is, however, fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff (2) be said on the same day the work is performed. (p 26)

(1) This indulgence was granted by a legitimate Supreme Pontiff many decades ago.
(2) Considering that the last known-to-the-public legitimate Sovereign Pontiff was John Paul II, the plenary indulgence seeker should, when offering "the prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff", associate no name with the 'Sovereign Pontiff' in question. God will apply said prayer to whomever it is appropriate in accordance to His Will.


48 (pp 67-68)

Recitation of the Marian Rosary

(Rosarii marialis recitatio)

A plenary indulgence is granted, if the Rosary is recited in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious Community or pious Association; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.

"Now the Rosary is a certain formula of prayer, which is made up of fifteen decades of "Hail Marys" with an "Our Father" before each decade, and in which the recitation of each decade is accompanied by pious meditation on a particular mystery of our Redemption." (Roman Breviary)

The name "Rosary", however, is commonly used in reference to only a third part of the fifteen decades.

The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms:

1) The recitation of a third part only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously

2) The vocal recitation must be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.

3) In public recitation the mysteries must be announced in the matter customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.


This is a tremendous gift since the plenary indulgence can be secured year round, and, since this Grace was granted through a legitimate Supreme Pontiff it is, therefore, fully valid before the Eyes of God.

Published on May 10th, 2017

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