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Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes' 150th anniversary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}
CatholicNewsService.com ^ | 12-05-07 | Carol Glatz

Posted on 02/09/2008 9:38:47 PM PST by Salvation


INDULGENCE-LOURDES Dec-5-2007 (500 words) With photo posted Nov. 28. xxxi

Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes' 150th anniversary

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To mark the 150th anniversary of Mary's appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes, France, Pope Benedict XVI authorized a special indulgence to encourage renewed holiness.


Catholics can receive a plenary indulgence for taking part in any public or private devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes, said U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with indulgences and matters of conscience.

As Christians strive to become more holy, they can look to Mary who "calls the faithful to her son and his sacrifice and to the love of the Father," said the cardinal, quoting from "Lumen Gentium," the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.

The Vatican published the cardinal's statement announcing the indulgence and outlining the requirements for receiving it Dec. 5.

An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due for sins committed. A plenary indulgence is the remission of all punishment.

Cardinal Stafford said the indulgence can also be applied to the souls of the faithful in purgatory.

Catholics can receive the indulgence during two time frames.

Pilgrims visiting the Massabielle grotto, where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette, can receive the indulgence during the Lourdes jubilee year, which runs from Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, until Dec. 8, 2008.

Pilgrims who visit any public sanctuary, shrine or other worthy place dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes may receive the indulgence Feb. 2-11. Feb. 11 is the day the first of 18 apparitions occurred and is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Feb. 2 is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

Cardinal Stafford said that to obtain the special indulgence one must fulfill the normal requirements set by the church for all plenary indulgences; these include the person going to confession within a reasonably short period of time, receiving the Eucharist and praying for the intentions of the pope, all in a spirit of total detachment from the attraction of sin.

Those who make a pilgrimage to Lourdes must visit the following sites, preferably in this order:

-- The parish where St. Bernadette was baptized.

-- The Soubirous family home.

-- The Massabielle grotto.

-- The chapel where St. Bernadette received her first Communion.

At each location the faithful should end their meditation by praying the Lord's Prayer, the creed and the special jubilee prayer or a prayer to Mary.

Those visiting a holy place dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in another part of the world Feb. 2-11 also should pray the Lord's Prayer, the creed and the special jubilee prayer or a prayer to Mary.

Catholics who cannot visit Lourdes or join a communal service dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes because of illness or other serious reason could still earn the indulgence "in their own home or wherever they are" Feb. 2-11, Cardinal Stafford said.




TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer
KEYWORDS: anniversary; catholic; catholiclist; indulgence; lourdes; saints
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1 posted on 02/09/2008 9:38:50 PM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 02/09/2008 9:40:09 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Original Vatican Announcement

 

APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY

DECREE

according to which is granted a daily Plenary Indulgence
on the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, a daily Plenary Indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, from 8 December 2007 until 8 December 2008, devoutly and in accordance with the established conditions, visit the Grotto of Massabielle, as well as those who, from 2-11 February 2008, visit a blessed image of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes solemnly displayed for public veneration in any church, oratory, grotto or suitable place.

God's omnipotence and infinite love have joined together in a marvellous bond the role of Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and hence, Mother of his Mystical Body the Church, and the salvific work of the Church herself: Blessed Abbot Guerric thus connects the protection sought by the Christian faithful from Mother Mary with the Catholic Church's universal ministry of salvation: "The Blessed Mother of Christ, insofar as she sees herself the mother of Christians by way of mystery, also shows herself to be a mother by her solicitude and tender affection for them.... Consider if her children, prompted by a certain spontaneous sense of faith, do not also acknowledge her as mother as they find refuge, before all else, at the invocation of her name in every trial and danger just like children in the arms of their mother" (Sermo I, In Assumptione B. Mariae Virg.).

Similarly, the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council highlights what we might call the "joint" mission of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church: "For Mary, who since her entry into salvation history unites in herself and re-echoes the greatest teachings of the faith as she is proclaimed and venerated, calls the faithful to her Son and his sacrifice and to the love of the Father. Seeking after the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more like her exalted Type, and continually progresses in faith, hope and charity, seeking and doing the will of God in all things" (n. 65).

The history of the Church and the marvellous signs of Marian devotion continually and clearly confirm the ways of Divine Providence and foster devotion among the faithful.

A glance over the nearly 150 years since Mary Most Holy, revealing herself to little Bernadette Soubirous as the Immaculate Conception, wanted a shrine, a treasury of grace, to be built and maintained in the place called Massabielle, in the city of Lourdes, brings to mind the countless number of signs by which the supernatural life of souls and even the health of bodies have benefited much from the goodness of Almighty God. This plan of Divine Providence, accompanied by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, clearly demonstrates that the integral end of man is the good of the whole human person, both here on earth and especially in eternal salvation.

Since the establishment of the Shrine at Lourdes, the Christian faithful have understood that there the Blessed Virgin Mary, through the ministry of the Catholic Church, desires to provide most lovingly for the complete health of men and women.

For as they venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary in the place "touched by her feet", they refresh themselves with the sacraments, make firm resolutions to lead more perfect Christian lives, perceive more clearly the meaning of the Church and experience the solid reasons for all these things: the very connection of these remarkable events over time has clearly attested to the joint action of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Church: indeed, the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was defined in 1854, and in 1858, Mary Most Holy appeared to the devout young girl Bernadette Soubirous with ineffable motherly sweetness, uttering the words of the dogmatic definition: "I am the Immaculate Conception".

In order to allow the fruits of renewed holiness to grow from this blessed commemoration, the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has generously decreed that the gift of a Plenary Indulgence be granted according to the following conditions:

Each and every member of the Christian faithful who, truly repentant, is purified through sacramental confession, restored through the Most Holy Eucharist and offers prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, will be able to gain a Plenary Indulgence daily, which may also be applied, by way of suffrage, to the souls of the faithful in Purgatory:

A) If, during the year running from 8 December 2007 until the end of 8 December 2008, they devoutly visit the following places, preferably in this order - 1) the parish baptismal font used for the Baptism of Bernadette; 2) the house of the Soubirous family called the "cachot"; 3) the Grotto of Massabielle; 4) the chapel of the hospice where Bernadette made her First Communion - and pause to reflect for an appropriate length of time at each of these Jubilee sites, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, some legitimate form of the Profession of Faith, and the Jubilee prayer or some other Marian invocation.

B) If, from the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord on 2 February 2008 until the end of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes on 11 February 2008, which is also the 150th Anniversary of the Apparition, they devoutly visit a blessed image of the Holy Virgin Mary of Lourdes in any church, chapel, grotto or other suitable place in which it is solemnly displayed, and in the presence of that image perform some pious act of Marian devotion, or at least pause to reflect for an appropriate length of time, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, some legitimate form of the Profession of Faith, and the Jubilee prayer or some other Marian invocation.

C) The elderly, sick, and all those unable to leave home for a just cause, if they consciously reject all sin and have the intention to fulfil the above-mentioned conditions as soon as possible, are likewise able to obtain - at home or wherever they may be - a Plenary Indulgence, if, between the days of 2 and 11 February 2008, they complete a "spiritual visit" (to the aforementioned places) in the desire of their heart, recite the prayers indicated above, and trustingly offer the pains and discomforts of their own lives to God through Mary.

In order that the Christian faithful may partake more readily of these heavenly gifts, priests who have received approval to hear confessions by the competent ecclesiastical authorities should welcome them with a willing and generous spirit and solemnly lead the recitation of public prayers to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary.

Given in Rome, at the Offices of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 21 November 2007, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cardinal James Francis Stafford
Major Penitentiary

Gianfranco Girotti, O.F.M. Conv.
Titular Bishop of Meta, Regent


3 posted on 02/09/2008 9:42:42 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Image of Mary at Lourdes

4 posted on 02/09/2008 9:48:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: All
Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
5 posted on 02/09/2008 9:49:10 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thank you for posting this salvation.
Although any Marian Prayer satisfies the condition, here is the text of the Jubilee Prayer:

Prayer of the Jubilee Year of 2008
God our Father
among all creatures You have formed Mary,
the perfect creature, the “Immaculate Conception”.
Here in Lourdes she proclaimed this name and Bernadette repeated it.
The Immaculate Conception; this is a cry of hope:
evil, sin, and death are no longer victors.
Mary, precursory sign, dawn of salvation!

Mary,
You, the innocence and refuge of sinners
We pray to you.

Hail Mary……….. !

Lord Jesus,
You gave us Mary as our Mother.
She shared Your Passion and Resurrection.
Here in Lourdes she showed herself to Bernadette,
saddened by our sins but radiant with Your light.
Through her, we entrust to You our joys and our sorrows,
our own, those of the sick, and those of all people.

Mary,
Our sister and our mother,
our confidant, and our help
We pray to you

Hail Mary……….. !

Holy Spirit, you are the Spirit of love and unity.
Here in Lourdes, through Bernadette, Mary asked
for a Chapel, and for people to come in procession.
Inspire the Church which Christ is building on Peter’s faith:
that it may be one.
Guide the pilgrimage of the Church:
that it may be faithful and daring!

Mary, you are filled with the Holy Spirit,
you are the spouse and the servant.
You are the model for Christians, and the maternal face of the Church.v We pray to you.

Hail Mary……….. !

...

For the many graces received here,
for all the conversions,
all the forgiveness,
all the healings,
for the vocations and promises
which you have witnessed or engendered,
for the love of serving others, which you have let us experience,
Our Lady of Lourdes
we thank you!

With all our brothers and sisters of the human race,
with all people in need of peace and justice,
with young people in search of a way,
you who appeared so young to little Bernadette,
with all those who are in mourning, who are ill,
handicapped, or facing a setback,
with those who may have a reason for despair:
Our Lady of Lourdes
We pray to you!

Because you are the smile of God,
the reflection of the light of Christ,
the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit,
because you chose Bernadette in her misery,
because you are the star of the morning, the gate of Heaven,
and the first resurrected creature
we praise you,
we acclaim you
and with you we sing the wonders of God

Magnificat !


6 posted on 02/09/2008 9:53:13 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

Thanks, sockmonkey, for the prayer.


7 posted on 02/09/2008 9:57:29 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sockmonkey

“you chose Bernadette in her misery,..”

I find that to be very comforting, and thanks for the prayer. I just said it.


8 posted on 02/09/2008 10:07:29 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Salvation

“An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due for sins committed. A plenary indulgence is the remission of all punishment.”

I can’t seem to see a difference between these two, but maybe it’s because I’m tired.


9 posted on 02/09/2008 10:10:19 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun
[What Every Catholic Needs to Know about] Gaining Indulgences [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
10 posted on 02/09/2008 10:13:14 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanks.


11 posted on 02/09/2008 10:20:16 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun

The difference is “some” rather than “all” reparation for sin.


12 posted on 02/10/2008 4:53:02 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Political zombies need brains, but they hunger only for taxes." ~ NicknamedBob)
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To: Salvation; ConservativeTrucker; SavannahJake; PaulZe; AKA Elena; Oshkalaboomboom; LikeLight; ...
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Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

13 posted on 02/10/2008 6:40:49 AM PST by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks a lot!


14 posted on 02/10/2008 2:15:36 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun

You’re welcome. A key point on the plenary indulgence is that, in addition to the particular activity, such as visiting Lourdes, and the Mass, and the Confession, and the prayers, one also has to be “free from any attachment to sin, including venial sin.”

I don’t think I would qualify! Even if I were indifferent to vino, there’s still Free Republic!


15 posted on 02/10/2008 2:19:47 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Political zombies need brains, but they hunger only for taxes." ~ NicknamedBob)
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To: Tax-chick

“I don’t think I would qualify!”

I think you would with prayer, and maybe even I would, but I would bet I need more prayers than you.

Let’s say a prayer for each other.


16 posted on 02/10/2008 2:25:17 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun
Let’s say a prayer for each other.

That's a deal!

"Health and long life to you. Land without rent to you. A child a year to you. And may you die in Ireland!"

17 posted on 02/10/2008 2:36:17 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Political zombies need brains, but they hunger only for taxes." ~ NicknamedBob)
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To: Tax-chick

Thank you for the prayer,

and my husband is Irish. :)


18 posted on 02/10/2008 3:34:17 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Tax-chick

I see that you are in NC. How far are you from Belmont Abbey?

A friend of mine, and her family went to the Lourdes Shrine there yesterday.


19 posted on 02/10/2008 3:55:09 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

I’m on the opposite side of Charlotte from Belmont, in western Union County. With light traffic, about an hour from Belmont Abbey. We visited the Lourdes Shrine there last September when we were vacationing at Lake Norman; we had friends out from Oklahoma who wanted to see it.

The Lourdes Shrine is okay, and quite historic (as “historic” goes for Catholics in this part of the South :-), but the Abbey Basilica was very impressive.


20 posted on 02/10/2008 4:35:54 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Political zombies need brains, but they hunger only for taxes." ~ NicknamedBob)
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To: sockmonkey

http://www.ololjaguars.org/


21 posted on 02/10/2008 4:42:50 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Tax-chick; Sun

Say one foro me, too. I suddenly realized I wasn’t giving up anything for Lent — or doing that much extra.

Something for me to discern.


22 posted on 02/10/2008 5:07:56 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

“Say one foro me, too.”

You got it!


23 posted on 02/10/2008 5:09:28 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Salvation

Girl Scout cookies was it for me. Although I think I did that last year, too.

I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you in finding the devotion or penance that will be most productive of holiness during this season.


24 posted on 02/10/2008 5:11:37 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Political zombies need brains, but they hunger only for taxes." ~ NicknamedBob)
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To: Sun

Thanks for the prayer.


25 posted on 02/10/2008 5:12:51 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Sun

LOL at the typo I left in there.


26 posted on 02/10/2008 5:13:29 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

“LOL at the typo I left in there.”

No prolbem. :)


27 posted on 02/10/2008 5:21:23 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Salvation

“Thanks for the prayer.”

Sure, & I hope you’ll say one for me.


28 posted on 02/10/2008 5:22:13 PM PST by Sun (Duncan Hunter:pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating!)
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To: Sun

Sure enough!


29 posted on 02/10/2008 5:26:53 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Tax-chick
Even if I were indifferent to vino, there’s still Free Republic!

And FR is the crack cociane of the internet.

30 posted on 02/11/2008 6:58:02 PM PST by NeoCaveman (other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the theater)
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To: NeoCaveman

LOL! I think there’s lots worse out there, but it’s definitely an opportunity cost. I could be doing something more productive.


31 posted on 02/11/2008 7:05:05 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Good guy wins, bad guy gets dead. Nothing to cry over here." ~ trimom)
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To: Tax-chick

There are certainly worse places, but I’m not sure that this one isn’t the most addictive.


32 posted on 02/11/2008 7:09:07 PM PST by NeoCaveman (other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the theater)
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To: NeoCaveman

They did warn us!


33 posted on 02/11/2008 7:11:38 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Good guy wins, bad guy gets dead. Nothing to cry over here." ~ trimom)
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