Indulgences for the Poor Souls

Indulgences for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

  1. On All Souls' Day (transferred this year to Monday, November 3rd, 2014) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
  2. On all the days from November 1st through November 8th inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed.

Conditions for both indulgences:

  1. Only one plenary indulgence can be gained per day.
  2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
  3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general).
  4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
  5. Prayers must be recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are presecribed. One Our Father one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.)
  6. A sacramental confession must be made within about 20 days before or after completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences suffices.)

Source: October 2014 Newsletter of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.