Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Archdiocese of Glasgow and the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Saint Paul


Archbishop Conti has detailed the details of the Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Saint Paul on the Archdiocesan website


Gaining the Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Saint Paul


  • Those visiting the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome in the form of a pilgrimage must offer personal prayers before the Altar of the Most Blessed Sacrament; they must also recite the Our Father and the Creed in front of the Altar of the Confession, adding invocations to honour Mary and St Paul.

  • The Catholic faithful in any local church can obtain the indulgence by participating with devotion in a liturgy or other public event dedicated to St Paul – in any sacred place on the opening and closing days of the Jubilee Year (29th June 2008 and 29th June 2009)

  • Catholics impeded by sickness or other serious cause, as long as they have the intention of fulfilling the other conditions as soon as possible, can obtain a plenary indulgence by joining spiritually in a jubilee celebration in honour of St Paul and offering their prayers and suffering for Christian unity.

In accordance with these provisions, the Archbishop of Glasgow has decreed that the Plenary Indulgence may also be gained in the Archdiocese of Glasgow:


  • By visiting Saint Andrew’s Cathedral or any of the churches dedicated to Saint Paul, that is Saint Paul’s, Shettleston, Saint Paul’s, Whiteinch, and Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s, Arrochar, on any Sunday;

  • By visiting these same named churches during the celebration of the Forty Hours Adoration namely
    the weekend of Sunday 25th September 2008 in Saint Paul’s Shettleston,
    the weekend of Sunday 30th November in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral and
    the weekend of 3rd May 2009 in Saint Paul’s, Whiteinch;

  • By visiting any church of the Archdiocese on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Sunday 25th January 2009.


In each instance the indulgence is gained by offering personal prayers before the Most Blessed Sacrament; and to recite the Our Father and the Creed adding invocations to honour Mary and St Paul. The usual conditions of Confession, Communion and prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions are also to be observed. Individuals can obtain more than one plenary indulgence during the jubilee year, but not more than one per day. The indulgence may, at your choice, be applied to the faithful departed.

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