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Indulgences During Holy Week?

Holy Week is a special time full of graces and mercy. In the commemoration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we have the opportunity to be transformed by his grace.

The Church celebrates this special time by providing opportunities for those who would like to receive a plenary indulgence, which is possible each day of Holy Week and the Easter Octave, the eight days following Easter Sunday. They can be received for ourselves and loved ones in purgatory.

Watch Fr. Mike Schmitz explain indulgences and how they help.

The plenary indulgences that we can receive on every day of Holy Week actually are of two kinds. Certain ones are specific to Holy Week itself. Certain ones we can actually gain anytime.

The requirements for gaining any plenary indulgence are:

  • Be in a state of grace (no mortal sin)

  • Be detached from sin, even venial sin

  • Make a good confession within twenty days before or after

  • Receive Holy Communion within twenty days before or after

  • Pray for the pope’s intentions.

Holy Thursday

“A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who piously recite the verses of the Tantum ergo after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday during the solemn reposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

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