Plenary Indulgence of The Forgiveness of Assisi
August 2 is the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, the young lady, who inspired by the witness of Saint Francis, left the world and entered a monastery to embrace a life of radical poverty, chastity and obedience after the example of Jesus and Francis. The life of prayer and forgiveness is honored throughout the Church with the opportunity to obtain a Plenary Indulgence on this day.
A Plenary Indulgence, which remits the temporal punishment due to sin, is granted by the Church through the application of the infinite merits of Christ and His saints to a particular request of the Christian faithful by means of prescribed prayers and the celebration of sacramental Confession in a specified period of time. This Indulgence may be applied to yourself or for a departed soul.
On special occasions during the year, the Church offers the Plenary Indulgence to increase devotion to God’s mercy and to turn hearts in prayer to Jesus in thanksgiving for his sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life as revealed in the Resurrection.
The Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi can be obtained by visiting any Franciscan church or oratory or any parish church. The chapel at the Genesis Hospital is named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi in honor of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who have long ministered in our community in education and health care.
To gain the Plenary Indulgence on August 2:
- Visit the Saint Francis Chapel at Genesis Hospital
- Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during the eight days before or after)
- Participate in Holy Mass andEucharistic Communion
- Pray the Apostles Creedto reaffirm one’s own Christian identity
- Pray the Our Father to reaffirm the dignity as a Child of God received in Baptism
- Prayfor the Pope’s August Prayer Intention to reaffirm membership in the Church, of which the Roman Pontiff is the foundation and sign of visible unity:
“For the Church. Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.”