One may obtain an
indulgence by having the proper intention, being properly disposed, and properly
performing the prescribed works (on specified days, if so required).
If one seeks a plenary
indulgence, one must generally also receive sacramental
Confession, worthily receive
Holy Communion, pray for the
intentions (e.g. reciting the Our Father & Hail Mary for his intentions) – all
within the required time frame – and
be free from all attachment to
sin (even venial).
If a visit to a church
or oratory is prescribed, this may require a devout visit, including recitation
of the Lord's Prayer and Creed (unless the indulgence requires otherwise).
As stated in the 1983
Code of Canon Law...
"Can. 996 §1. To
be capable of gaining indulgences, a person must be baptized, not
excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the end of the prescribed
works. §2. To gain indulgences, however, a capable subject must have at least
the general intention of acquiring them and must fulfill the enjoined works in
the established time and the proper method, according to the tenor of the
"Can. 997 As
regards the granting and use of indulgences, the other prescripts contained in
the special laws of the Church must also be observed."
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