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Indulgences for the Year of Priests

[Indulgences for the Priestly Year, 
from June 19 2009 to June 19, 2010]

A. - To the truly penitent priests who, in any day, pray at least the morning Lauds or Vespers before the Most Holy Sacrament, exposed in public Adoration or in the Tabernacle, and, following the example of Saint John Mary Vianney, offer themselves with prompt and generous will in the celebration of the Sacraments, above all of Confession, a Plenary Indulgence is mercifully granted in God, which they may also apply to their deceased brothers in suffrage if, in conformity with the current norms, they go to sacramental confession and Eucharist, and pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

A partial Indulgence is also granted to the priests, also applicable to their deceased brothers, every time they devoutly pray duly approved prayers to lead a holy life and to fulfill in a holy manner the duties assigned to them.

B.- To all the penitent faithful who, in a Church or Oratory, devoutly assist at the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass and offer prayers to Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, as well as any good work accomplished in that day, so that He may sanctify them and conform them to His Heart, is granted a Plenary Indulgence, if they have sanctified their own sins in sacramental penance and raised prayers for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff: on the days in which the Priestly Year is opened and closed, on the day of the 150th anniversary of the pious death of Saint John Mary Vianney, on the first Thursday of every month, or on any other day established by the Ordinary of the place for the use of the faithful. ...

To the aged, the infirm, and all those who, for legitimate reason, cannot leave their house, with the rejection of every sin and the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three conditions, will also be granted in their own house, or wherever their condition retains them, a plenary indulgence if, on the aforementioned days, they recite prayers for the sanctification of priests and offer the infirmities and discomforts of their lives faithfully to God through Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

Partial indulgence is also granted to all the faithful every time they devoutly recite five times the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory be, or other appropriately approved prayer, in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, to obtain that the priests may keep themselves in purity and sanctity of life.


  1. Such beauty here!

    I note - and I would welcome commentary/correction from those here who know better than I do ...

    A certain departure from what might have been said in the past ...

    For example, though my knowledge or recall may be flawed indeed, I only recall John Paul II saying "Heart of Jesus" ...

    It is a joy to hear these words again: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cor Jesu Sacratissimum ...

  2. Anonymous4:53 PM

    It is beautiful. I don't recall JPII ever using the phrase "Sacred Heart".

    Our priests are in great need of these prayers. Let's take advantage of this!

    "And there shall be like people like priests..." Osee 4:9

  3. Anonymous7:03 AM

    The "Anonymous" troll might want to read Msgr. Calkins article on John Paul II and the Sacred Heart:

    Father George bloggingLOURDES

  4. Kathleen4:06 PM

    How wonderful! Our Holy Father is following up on his request that we all offer perpetual prayer and sacrifice on behalf of the purification of Christ's Holy Priesthood! I'm so happy!

    Because I'd like to make sure I haven't misunderstood anything and have my "to do" list correct, I'd be grateful to anyone that can confirm the following understanding of how to gain the Plenary Indulgences being made available to the laity.

    The Plenary Indulgences can be gained on the following dates:

    * 6-19-2009 (Start of Year of Priests)
    * 8-4-2009 (150th anniversary of death of Saint John Vianney)
    * 6-19-2010 (End of Year of Priests -0r- should this be the 18th?)
    * First Thursdays of each month from 6-19-2009 to 6-19-2020

    The requirements are:

    * Assist at Mass
    * Go to Confession
    * Offer prayers and good works of one's day to Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church

    Any correction of any misunderstanding or omission on my part would be very welcome.

    Also if anyone knows of any specific prayer that might be the one being referenced. I have some lovely, traditional prayers for priests, but I collect prayers anyways and if there were a special one for this I'd like to use it and add it to my collection.

  5. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Fr. George:

    How dare you call me a troll! Don't you know anything about rash judgment? And you a priest! I said that I "don't RECALL" and was quite sincere in my comment.

  6. Anonymous, your profession of sincerity is appreciated. Still, your first remark and your latest one are somewhat "rash," as you say Father George's calling you a troll is. Please give your comments here a bit more consideration, and let's all try to show each other respect, especially our priests.

  7. Anonymous1:27 AM

    Pray for priests!
    here is a list of prayers one can use

  8. Anonymous1:27 AM

    Pray for priests!
    here is a list of prayers one can use


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