LEARNING THE FAITH TOGETHER
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Angela of Folingo
Jose Sanchez Del Rio
Relics are physical remains or objects connected to the physical remains of saints. Human persons are a composite of body and soul and will rise again at the General Judgment if united to Christ, so the Church encourages the veneration of the relics of holy men and women.
"No one else like Joseph has ever been born; even his bones were honored."
- Sirach 49:15 (cf Ex. 13:19; Jos. 24:35
1st Class: part of the body itself, such as a bone fragment. "...they cast the man into the grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and got to his feet." -2 Kings 13:21
2nd Class: a piece of clothing worn by the saint. "Wielding the mantle which had fallen from Elijah, he struck the water and said, 'The LORD, the God of Elijah-where is he now?' He struck the water: it divided, and he crossed over." -2 Kings 2:14
3rd Class: a piece of cloth that has touched the body of a saint. "So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them." -Acts 19:11-12
See CCC 828 & 1674
HOW TO GAIN INDULGENCES FOR SOULS IN PURGATORY
A brief outline of how to obtain a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Plenary indulgences for the Poor Souls
Six general files for obtaining a plenary indulgence.
State of grace at least when performing the indulgence act.
Complete detachment from sin, even venial sin.
Confession (20 days before or after the indulgenced act).
Communion (20 days before or after the indulgenced act).
Prayers for the Supreme Pontiff (20 days before or after the indulgenced act).
Indulgenced act: a special good work with special conditions of place and time indulgenced acts to be performed for obtaining a plenary indulgence:
From November 1 to 8: visit a cemetery with mental prayer for the poor souls.
On November 2: visit a church or an oratory with one Our Father and one Creed being recited.
A partial indulgence can be obtained at any time by visiting a cemetery and praying for the Poor Souls. The following prayer is especially recommended:
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.