Last week I mentioned in this post that I have been reading Purgatory: Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints to the kids every morning as our spiritual reading. This morning we moved on from the chapter Means to Avoid Purgatory to Relief of the Holy Souls. The book mentions 9 easy indulgences we can gain, which we can apply to the suffering souls. I was surprised to see how simple these prayers are and I was pleased to know that we have already been praying some of these prayers every day. You can read more about indulgences here. Here is a list of the indulgenced prayers.
1. The prayer: Oh, good and most sweet Jesus- You gain a plenary indulgence if recited before a crucifix after going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.
2. Indulgenced Rosary beads- By reciting the Holy Rosary using beads indulgenced by the Holy Father or by a priest who has received the faculties, we may gain great indulgences.
3. The Stations of the Cross- Many plenary and partial indulgences are attached to Stations of the Cross. These indulgences do not require Confession and Communion; it suffices to be in the state of grace and to have a sincere sorrow for all our sins. As to the exercise itself to the Stations of the Cross, there are 2 conditions- 1st, to visit each station; 2nd, to meditate on the Passion of Christ and to recite a Pater and Ave before each station and to make an act of contrition for their sins.
4. The Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity- An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines each time they are recited.
5. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin- Three hundred days each time.
6. The sign of the Cross- Fifty days each time; with holy water, a hundred days.
7. Divers prayers. My Jesus, Mercy! - A hundred days each time. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine. - Three hundred days, one a day. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. - Three hundred days each time.
8. Praised be Jesus Christ. R: For ever and ever. Amen. Fifty days each time that two persons salute each other with these words.
9. The Angelus- An indulgence of a hundred days each time it is recited, either in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, at kneeling, or with a contrite heart.