The Portiuncula Indulgence

The Portiuncula Indulgence

Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift. Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God. This is an extraordinary demonstration of God’s mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by completing its requirements.

Conditions To Obtain The Plenary Indulgence Of The Forgiveness Of Assisi (For Oneself Or For A Departed Soul)

(1) Visit on the day of the Feast a Franciscan Church or your Parish Church
(2) Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during the eight days before or after)
(3) Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
(4) Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and also a prayer for the Pope’s Intention (such as an Our Father, Hail Mary, etc.)

About

The Portiuncula Indulgence is a special favor granted by the Pope to St. Francis at his request. Francis awoke one night in 1216 at the Porziuncola and an inspiration stronger than usual prompted him to arise and go into the little chapel. He knelt in prayer and, as he prayed, our Lord, accompanied by His Mother, appeared to him and bade him ask for that which he desired most. “0 God,” he said, “although I m a great sinner, I beseech You to grant a full pardon of all sins to all who, having repented and confessed their sins, shall visit this church.” And Jesus said to him: “Francis, you ask much, but you are worthy of greater things, and greater things you shall have.” Our Lord then granted Francis’ request and told him to go to His Vicar for ratification of the indulgence. Honorius III, who was just beginning his Pontificate, was holding court at Perugia, and it was to him that Francis presented his petition. Honorius was a spiritual, unworldly man, yet at such a request he hesitated. “Holy Father,” Francis said urgently, “a little while ago I restored a chapel for you in honour of the Virgin Mother of Christ (the Portiuncula), and I beseech you to bestow on it an indulgence.” “For how many years do you want this indulgence?” the Pontiff inquired. “Holy Father,” said Francis, “I ask not for years but for souls.” “Just what do you want?” Honorius asked. “Holy Father,” replied Francis, “the Lord has commanded me to ask you that all those who after confession shall visit the Portiuncula with contrite hearts may obtain full remission of the punishment due to the sins of their whole lives from the day of Baptism to the day they enter this church.” Honorius pondered the extraordinary request, and said slowly three times: “I also, in the name of God, grant you the indulgence.” Honorius wanted to give Francis the document of the indulgence, but Francis saw no need for it. “What have you to show that this indulgence has been granted you?” the Pope asked in amazement as Francis prepared to depart for Assisi without any written confirmation of the great permission. “Holy Father,” he replied, “Your word is enough for me. If this is the work of God, it is for Him to make His work manifest. I desire no other document. The Blessed Virgin Mary shall be the charter, Christ the notary, and the angels the witnesses.” Some days later, before the Bishops of Umbria, Francis said: “Brethren, I want to send you all to Heaven!”

Franciscan Blessing

Franciscan Blessing

Prayer Text

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May He turn His face on you and give you His peace
and His joy and His love and His protection.

May He be with you now at this hour and every moment of your life
at the moment when you close you eyes
in order to open them to Him to His glory.

May He be with you.
May He bless you.

✠ The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Amen

Novena to St Anthony

Novena to St Anthony

Prayer Text

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state your specific request or intention here) The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen. Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

Chaplet of St. Anthony of Padua

Chaplet of St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer Text

Begin by making the Sign of The Cross…” On each set of three beads pray one “our Father” on the first bead, one “Hail Mary” on the second bead, and one “Glory Be” on the third bead.

During each of the thirteen sets of three beads meditate on the following themes:

1. St. Anthony, who raised the dead, pray for those Christians now in their agony, and for our dear departed. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 2. St. Anthony, zealous preacher of the Gospel, fortify us against the errors of the enemies of God, and pray for the Holy Father and the Church. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 3. St. Anthony, powerful with the Heart of Jesus, preserve us from the calamities which threaten us on account of our sins. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 4. St. Anthony, who drove away devils, make us triumph over their snares. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 5. St. Anthony, lily of heavenly purity, purify us from the stains of the soul and preserve our bodies from all dangers. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 6. St. Anthony, healer of the sick, cure our diseases and preserve us in health. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 7. St. Anthony, guide of travelers, bring to safe harbor those who are in danger of perishing and calm the troubled waves of passion which agitate our souls. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 8. St. Anthony, liberator of captives, deliver us from the captivity of evil. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 9. St. Anthony, who restores to young and old the use of their limbs, obtain for us the perfect use of the senses of our body and the faculties of our soul. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 10. St. Anthony, finder of lost things, help us to find all that we have lost in the spiritual and temporal order. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 11. St. Anthony, protected by Mary, avert the dangers which threaten our body and our soul. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 12. St. Anthony, helper of the poor, help us in our needs and give bread and work to those who ask. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 13. St. Anthony, we thankfully proclaim thy miraculous power, and we beseech thee to protect us all the days of our life. Amen Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

The Miraculous Repository

If miracles thou fain would see, Lo, error, death, calamity. The leprous stain, the demon flies, from beds of pain the sick arise. (The hungry seas forgo their prey, The prisoner’s cruel chains give way; While palsied limbs and chattels lost Both young and old recovered boast.) And perils perish, plenty’s hoard, Is heaped on hunger’s famished board; Let those relate who know it well, Let Padua on her patron tell. (The hungry seas forgo their prey, the prisoner’s cruel chains give way; While palsied limbs and chattels lost Both young and old recovered boast.) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Sprit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world with out end. Amen. (The hungry seas forgo their prey, The prisoner’s cruel chains give way; While palsied limbs and chattels lost Both young and old recovered boast.) V – Pray for us, blessed Anthony; R – That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray. O God, let the votive commendation of Blessed Anthony, Thy Confessor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance, and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. The Sign of the Cross: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Note The Saint Anthony of Padua Chaplet is made with 39 beads. It consists of 13 sets of 3 beads, a centerpiece and a Saint Anthony of Padua medal. Each set of beads is meant to assist in meditating on the virtues of Saint Anthony. The virtues are: Faith, Hope, Charity, Love of Jesus, Prudence, Justice, Patience, Penance, Humility, Purity, Obedience, Poverty, Spirit of Prayer and Union with God.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Novena

Novena Starts: 8 November             Feast day: 17 November

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Novena

Prayer Text

Blessed Elizabeth, vessel elect of exalted virtues, thou dost show forth to the world by thy example what the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity are able to do in a Christian soul. Thou didst employ all the powers of thy heart to love thy God alone. Thou didst love Him with a love so pure and fervent that it rendered thee worthy to taste upon earth beforehand those favours and those sweetnesses of Paradise which are communicated to souls invited to the nuptials of the Divine adorable Lamb of God. Thou, illuminated by supernatural light and faith immovable, didst show thyself to be a true daughter of the Holy Gospel, by seeing in the person of thy neighbour the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, sole object of thy affections; and therefore didst thou place all thy delight in holding converse with the poor, in serving them, in drying their tears and comforting their spirits, in assisting them with every pious good office, in the midst of pestilence and the miseries to which our human nature is subject. Thou didst make thyself poor in order to succour thy neighbour in his poverty–poor in the good things of earth, to enrich thyself with the goods of heaven. Thou wast so humble that, after thou hadst exchanged a throne for a poor hovel, and a royal mantle for the modest habit of St Francis, thou didst subject thyself, innocent though thou wast, to a life of privation and of penance, and with holy joy didst embrace the cross of thy Redeemer, with goodwill accepting with Him insults and the most unjust persecution: thus didst thou forget the world and thyself, to remember thy God alone. Dearest Saint, who wast so beloved by God, vouchsafe to be the heavenly friend of our souls, and help them to become ever more and more acceptable to Jesus. Cast down upon us from the height of heaven one of those tender looks which, when thou wast upon earth, healed the most distressing infirmities. In this our age, so depraved and corrupt, and at the same time so cold and indifferent to the things of God, we have recourse to thee with confidence, in order that we may receive from our Lord light for the understanding and strength for the will, and thence obtain peace of soul. Whilst we bless the Lord for having glorified his name in this world with the splendour of thy heroic virtues and the eternal reward accorded to them, do thou bless them, O dear St. Elizabeth, from that Blessed throne which thou dost occupy close to the Saint of Saints; protect us in our dangerous pilgrimage; obtain for us the pardon of our sins, and open for us the way to enter and share with thee the Kingdom of God. Amen. (Indulgence 300 Days)

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Prayer Text

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.