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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Now You Tell Me

Today, after contemplating the Luminous Mysteries, I began to wonder about indulgences for saying the rosary. Here's the list:

A Plenary Indulgence...
may be gained (under the usual conditions) when the Rosary is prayed in Church, in a family group or in a religious community. Also:

  • Five (5) decades of the Rosary must be prayed continuously.
  • The prayers of the Rosary must be prayed vocally and one must meditate upon the Mysteries of the Rosary.
  • If the recitation of the Rosary is public, the Mysteries of the Rosary must be announced.

A Partial Indulgence...
One may gain a partial indulgence for the Rosary's recitation in whole or in part in other circumstances.

A Plenary Indulgence...
can be gained only once a day (except by those who are in danger of death.)

* to gain a plenary indulgence one must perform the indulgenced act. Three other conditions must be fulfilled:

  1. A sacramental confession
  2. Eucharistic Communion
  3. Prayers for the Pope's intentions
In addition, one must be free of all attachments to sin, even venial sin. If this complete integrity is not present or if the above conditions are not fulfilled the indulgence is only partial. Both a plenary and partial indulgence may be applied to the dead. 


The largest jackpot in Vatican history — now an estimated 700 million indulgences – will be up for grabs in Saturday night’s drawing after no one produced the combination of 40, 33, 12, 10, 3 and the Powerball of 7 to win Wednesday night’s 524 million indulgence jackpot.

The jackpot would have had an estimated value of about 157,200 “days” off purgatory, according to the Vatican’s Powerball website. The final “take-home” amount depends on an individual’s state in life, Malinda Totti, the executive director of the Vatican Lottery, told EOTT.
The largest Vatican indulgence jackpot to date was won in three countries in April 2012, when the Mega Millions Rosaries drawing reached a whopping 656 million rosaries said on behalf of the winners.
In the past 13 years, 16 Indulgence Powerball winners have either bought their tickets in Malta or the Philippines, more than any other countries.
Winners are advised to sign the lottery ticket as soon as they get the chance. A baptismal certificate and proof of confirmation, along with the signed ticket, are required to claim the indulgences.
Totti went on to caution winners about the temptation of abusing their new-found spiritual wealth, saying that some past winners have squandered their extra-sacramental remission of temporal punishment within just a few years after winning.