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CHAPTER IV:

GENERAL ABSOLUTION AND THE PAPAL BLESSING

By Indult of the Holy See for Religious Orders and Their Affiliate Tertiaries

1. When giving the papal blessing with plenary indulgence at the hour of death, the usual form is followed, except that in the "Confiteor" the name of the Saint-Founder of the respective order is inserted.

2. When imparting the papal blessing, the usual form is followed This blessing can be used only twice a year and never on the same day nor in the same city or community on and in which the bishop imparts it.

3. In imparting the general absolution to any religious order or the papal blessing with plenary indulgence to secular tertiaries, the two following forms must be used:

I. General Absolution for every religious order which enjoys this privilege

The priest vested in surplice and purple stole says:

Antiphon: Do not keep in mind, O Lord, our offenses or those of our parents, nor take vengeance on our sins.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Lord, show us your mercy.

All: And grant us your salvation.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

God, whose nature is ever merciful and forgiving, accept our prayer that we and all your servants, bound by the fetters of sin, may be pardoned by your loving kindness.

We beg you, Lord, hear the plea of your suppliants, pardon the sins of your penitents, and kindly grant us your tender forgiveness along with your peace.

Show us, O Lord, your indescribable mercy, blot out our transgressions, and graciously deliver us from the condemnation they deserve.

God, who are offended by our sins but appeased by our penances, may it please you to hear the entreaties of your people and to turn away the stripes that our transgressions rightly deserve; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

After these prayers the Confiteor is said by the people or by one who represents them, inserting in its proper place the name of the Saint- Founder of the order. The priest then adds May almighty God, etc., May the almighty and merciful Lord, etc. In conclusion he says:

May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve you by the merits of His sacred passion and shower upon you His grace. And I--by His authority and that of the blessed apostles, Peter and Paul, and by the authority which the supreme pontiffs have granted to you and our Order and committed to me in this instance--release you from every bond of excommunication, suspension, and interdict you may have incurred, and I restore you to the unity and communion of the faithful and to the holy sacraments of the Church. Likewise, I absolve you, by the same authority, from every violation of vows, the rule, constitutions, admonitions, and orders of our superiors, from all penances which you have neglected or forgotten. And lastly I grant you remission and indulgence of all sins which by human frailty, ignorance, or malice you have committed against God and neighbor, and which you have already confessed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

II. Papal Blessing With Plenary Indulgence for Secular Tertiaries and for all others who share with them or with religious of any order these same privileges and graces.

The priest vested in surplice and purple stole says:

Antiphon: Let my prayer, Lord, ascend to the throne of your majesty. Bend your ear to our entreaties. Spare, Lord, your people whom you redeemed by your precious blood, and be not angry with us forever.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servants.

All: Who trust in you, my God.

P: Send them aid, Lord, from on high.

All: And from Sion protect them.

P: Let them find in you, Lord, a fortified tower.

All: In the face of the enemy.

P: Let the enemy have no power over us.

All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm us.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

God, whose nature is ever merciful and forgiving, accept our prayer that we and all your servants, bound by the fetters of sin, may be pardoned by your loving kindness.

We beg you, Lord, hear the plea of your suppliants, pardon the sins of your penitents, and kindly grant us your tender forgiveness along with your peace.

Show us, O Lord, your inexpressible mercy, blot out our transgressions, and graciously deliver us from the condemnation they deserve.

God, who are offended by our sins but appeased by our penances, may it please you to hear the entreaties of your people and to turn away the stripes that our transgressions rightly deserve; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Next the Confiteor is said by the people, and then the priest continues:

May our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave blessed Peter the Apostle the power of binding and loosing, absolve you from every bond of sin and lead you to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

By the sacred passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the prayers and merits of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, the blessed apostles, Peter and Paul, our blessed father, N., and all the saints, and by the authority granted to me by the holy pontiffs, I impart to you a plenary indulgence for all your sins; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

If the indulgence is imparted immediately after the absolution of the sacrament of penance, the priest begins at the words May our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave blessed Peter, etc., continuing to the end.

If circumstances prevent the use of the complete form given above the priest may omit all else and simply say the following:

By the authority granted me by the supreme pontiffs, I impart to you a plenary indulgence for all your sins; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

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