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A Guide to Plenary Indulgences for the All Souls' "Octave", November 1-8
Visiting a Cemetery: An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from November 1-8; on other days of the year it is a partial indulgence.

The other conditions are really easy.  You say the Apostles creed, one Our Father and perhaps one Hail Mary, which takes very little time.  People should pray for the pope’s intentions.

If you are able to go to Mass and receive Communion that is typically always required for plenary indulgences. 

Lastly, going to Confession within 20 days is typically always required of each attempt you make to get a plenary indulgence.  Be sorry for anything you did that was sinful in the past or present.  A list of local Confession times at churches is on our website at

One time of going to Confession between now and November 8 is sufficient even if you try to get multiple plenary indulgences by praying a cemetery multiple days.  Confession is required even if you only have only committed venial sins.  If you have committed a mortal sin, you should in general go to Confession as soon as possibly can even if you already went to Confession lately.  Regarding mortal sins, make sure you have confessed all past sins so you are in a good state to get a plenary indulgence along with the other conditions we mentioned.

Although you can pray anything you want, try making this prayer apart of your prayer time:  "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

You can tell God in prayer whether there is someone specific who has already passed away that you’d like to shorten purgatory time of.  One person may need several of our attempts to get them a plenary indulgence to get them through purgatory because of people’s attachment to sin.  


Other plenary indulgence opportunities:

Here is Info on the pandemic related plenary indulgence:

Info on the Divine Mercy Sunday plenary indulgence is at:

Catechism 1032:  “From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead."

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