Rorate Caeli

Plenary Indulgence reminders:
Te Deum on Dec. 31
Veni Creator on Jan. 1

§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present [take part] in a recitation or solemn chant of: ... 
1° the hymn Veni Creator ... on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year...

2° the Te Deum hymn, on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year.
(Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)


Gratias agimus tibi, omnipotens Deus,
pro universis beneficiis tuis,
qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

A happy new year to our readers and their families!



  1. May one make a simple, private recitation of these prayers for the indulgence or must it be public and affixed to a liturgy?

  2. Well, if you are to say: te Deum laudamus, which is plural, you need to be more than one.

  3. Is a private chapel considered an Oratory?

  4. Petrus Radii1:33 AM

    According to the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, the plenary indulgences apply only to public recitation or singing of the hymns. This means that it must be in a church or oratory, and also led by one of the clergy, or carried out by a Religious community in their oratory. The laity who are there present and take part may of course obtain the indulgence. Private recitation is that of any non-cleric or any group of the faithful not noted above.

  5. Certain parts of this wonderful chant are in the first person too:

    "In te, Domine, speravi:
    non confundar in aeternum."

  6. The Te Deum is the chant of preference. I listen to or chant this everyday in thanksgiving for Almighty God's blessings in the midst of postmodernist chaos. Solemes do interpret this beautifully although I have heard it sung in choir equally well.
    I do not mind that there is no indulgence for my own individual efforts but I do know He bends His ear toward me as I chant or listen prayerfully to it.

  7. I love both simple and solemn tones.


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