This was originally posted at another blog of mine that I have deleted. I have combined all my blogs into this one for the sake of simplicity in my already busy life. Jen – 6/13/09.
There are several indulgences that can be gained by saying the Rosary.
For those unfamiliar with indulgences, RosaryCreations.com explains them like this:
An indulgence is the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, a remission, which one of the faithful, properly disposed and under certain definite conditions, can acquire through the Church, which authoritatively dispenses, applying the treasure of the satisfactions of Christ and the Saints.
An indulgence is either PLENARY or PARTIAL, depending upon whether it frees one from the whole or from a part of the temporal punishment due to sin.
This means that one of the faithful who, with at least a contrite heart, performs a work enriched with a partial indulgence, is granted by the power of the Church that same amount of remission of temporal punishment as he has already obtained by the work itself. In other words, the remission is doubled, and that as often as the work prescribed is performed. A plenary indulgence means a full remission of temporal punishment, provided that several other conditions apply, in addition to the work performed or prayer said.
The indulgences that can be received can be found here:
In addition, you must meet the following conditions to receive the indulgences:
- Be in a state of grace (free from mortal sin)
- Be free from attachment to venial sin.
- Go to confession several days before or after praying the Rosary.
- Receive Holy Communion on the day you pray the Rosary.
- Say a prayer for the Pope.
- Pray the rosary in a church or family group, or religious Community.
- Pray the five decades during one session
- Pray vocally, announcing the Mysteries of the Rosary and then meditating on them.
The Glory Be & Fatima Prayer are as follows:
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
V. O my Jesus, forgive us our sins.
R. Save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
The next post will discuss some optional additions to the Rosary as well as the Sorrowful Mysteries.