Plenary Indulgence

Any faithful who devoutly visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham and within it participate in any Sacred Rite or at least recite the Lord’s prayer and the Profession of Faith, may obtain a Plenary Indulgence on any of the special days below. This Plenary Indulgence can be received under the usual conditions of:

  1. Have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
  2. Sacramental Confession
  3. Holy Communion whilst participating at Mass
  4. Prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

Special Days for receiving a Plenary Indulgence

On the day of the liturgical celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham 24th September
On the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul 29th June
On the anniversary of the granting of the title Basilicawhich is the Feast of the Holy Family 30th December
Once a year on a day freely chosen by each of the faithful Once a year, any day chosen by visitor

What is an Indulgence?

When a child does something really wrong and comes running to its mother or father with tears of sorrow in their eyes, they know that they will be immediately forgiven for what they have done because of the great love that exists between them. This great love does not mean, however, that the child won’t be made to do the washing up for a week in order to make up for their wrongdoing!

It is exactly the same when we sin. When we come back to God and say sorry, we know that he immediately forgives us and embraces us in his indulgent love. Justice, however, still demands that we make up for what we have done and to put right the effects of our sin. We do this ordinarily through our usual acts of penance, such as the weekly Friday fast for example.

Jesus said to Peter, “whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 18:18). This authority, which continues to be exercised by the Successors of St Peter, the Popes, gives the Church the authority to forgive not only sin, but also the effects of sin. This authority to take away the temporal punishment due for sin is exercised through indulgences. A plenary indulgence takes away all the temporal punishment due for sin, a partial indulgence takes away some of the temporal punishment.