The Sonrise Morning Show. We didn't have enough time to cover everything about indulgences, but we did talk about some of the basics. If any readers are unfamiliar with the background of indulgences and why we have them, you can read more about them here.
Before we get to some of the prayers and devotions which are done for having an indulgence granted to you, there are some conditions that must be met before one can have an indulgence granted.
the basics are:
- There are two types of indulgences - partial and plenary (full).
- Plenary indulgences can only be granted one a day, unless death is imminent.
- To have a plenary indulgence it is necessary to perform the work to which the indulgence is attached and to fulfill three conditions:
1 - sacramental confession,
2 - Eucharistic Communion and
3 - prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
It is further required that you must be free from all attachment to sin, even venial. If this is not the case, the plenary indulgence becomes a partial one.
- The three conditions above must be met within a few days before or after the work done for the indulgence.
- Indulgences may be done for yourself or those in purgatory, but not others who are still alive on earth.
The full list of norms can be found here.
Now, here are some prayers/devotions and whether it is a partial or plenary indulgence. If you want a complete list, you can find it here.
- Teaching of studying Christian doctrine
- Praying the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed
- Act of Spiritual Communion
- Prayer for the household
- Reciting several approved litanies
- Praying the Memorare
- Reciting Psalm 51
- Making devout use of a blessed holy object (e.g., a crucifix, rosary, scapular, etc)
- Spending devout time in mental prayer
- Prayer for the Pope
- Half an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- Papal blessing
- Adoration of the Cross during Good Friday services
- Attending the closing Mass of a Eucharistic Congress
- Three days of retreat
- Receiving 1st Communion or assisting at a 1st Communion
- Being ordained a priest or devoutly participating in an ordination Mass of a priest
- Reciting a rosary in a church or within the family or religious community. Other times it is partial.
- Reading Sacred Scripture for 30 minutes or more. Partial if less.
I hope this helps.