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!”

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