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HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY,
ALL ESPECIALLY WHO HAVE BEEN BENEFACTORS
OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE ORATORY,
AND ARE NOW IN NEED OF THE PRAYERS OF THOSE
WHOM ON EARTH
THEY AIDED TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD,
IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.
THE ORATORY, EDGBASTON,
MOST BLESSED FATHER,
In order to promote thereby the piety of the faithful in England, Ambrose St. John, Priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in the Diocese of Birmingham, humbly prays for permission to print in English a translation of the book entitled Raccolta di Orazioni &c. alle quali sono annesse le SS. Indulgenze, having first obtained the approbation of His Eminence the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster; and also that the faithful who make use of this translation may gain all the indulgences annexed to the original.
After an audience of the Holy Father, granted February 3, 1856, our most Holy Lord Pius IX., by Divine Providence Pope, on an application made by me, the undersigned Secretary of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, has of his goodness answered by Rescript in favour of the grace, according to the terms of the petition, provided the translation be made from the last Roman edition, and it being understood that the Decree printed at the end of this edition remains in full force.
Given at Rome from the House of the same Sacred Congregation, on the day and year aforesaid. Gratis, without any payment on any plea whatever. AL. BARNABÒ, Secretary.
In the place of the seal.
We approve of the Translation by virtue
of the above Rescript of His Holiness.
N. CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP.
Westminster, Oct. 23, 1857.
GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR GAINING INDULGENCES.
1-State of Grace. 2-Intention (a). 3-Contrition. 4-Accuracy and Devotion in doing what is enjoined.
FURTHER CONDITIONS FOR A PLENARY INDULGENCE.
6-Communion (c). 7-A visit 8-Prayer for the
to a Church or Public Oratory (d). intention of the Pope (e). 9-Above all things it is necessary to have a true hatred of all sins, even venial sins, and to be wholly free from any voluntary attachment to them.
(a)—A general intention of gaining all indulgences, which should be renewed from time to time, say every morning, is sufficient.
By a further general intention all, or by a particular intention any, indulgences may be applied for the benefit of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
(b)-The Confession alone, or the Confession and Communion, may be made on the day immediately preceding the day appointed for gaining the indulgence.
The Weekly Confession of those who have the pious habit of confessing every week is sufficient (except for Jubilees).
(c)-One Communion serves for all the indulgences obtainable on the same day. But
(d)-A separate visit must be made for each.
If the intention of the Pope is duly prayed for at the time of Communion, a separate visit to the Church need not be made, unless two or more indulgences are to be gained.
(e) The intention of the Pope always includes the following objects, which should be recalled and prayed for at the visit:
1-The progress of the Faith and triumph of the Church. 2-Peace and Union among Christian Princes and
3-The Conversion of Sinners.
4-The Uprooting of Heresy.
In the great work of personal satisfaction for our sins, Indulgences take the place of the long penances imposed by the Early Church, and the days, quarantines, or years mentioned in them denote the terms of penance to which they are equivalent, i.e., for the remission of temporal punishment, a quarantine being a Lent kept according to the strict discipline of the Early Church.
For the Doctrine of Indulgences, see Sarra, Domma delle S. Indulgenze, translated by Fr. AMBROSE ST. JOHN, of the Oratory.