Indulgence Watch: Portiuncula Indulgence on August 2
The Portiuncula indulgence was the first indulgence assigned by the Church and it was requested of the Pope by Saint Francis of Assisi.
You can obtain the Portiuncula plenary or partial indulgence by:
- the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels.
- Say the Pater Noster and Credo
- Make a sacramental confession 8 days before or 8 days after
- Be free from attachment of venial or mortal sin
Fr. Z has a good post that explains the origin of the Portincula indulgence here.
What is an indulgence?
A plenary indulgence means that by the merits of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the full remission of the temporal punishment due to sacramentally forgiven sins is obtained. The person becomes as if just baptized and would fly immediately to heaven if he died in that instant. A partial indulgence means that a portion of the temporal punishment due to forgiven sin is remitted. Partial indulgences are received either by doing some act to which a partial indulgence is attached (e.g. praying a partially indulgenced prayer), or by the incomplete fulfillment of the conditions attached to a plenary indulgence.