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You can get a plenary indulgence to shorten your own future time in purgagtory or you can pray that God uses your indulgence to shorten a specific person who has already died or you can pray that God offers it to whoever needs help the most in purgatory. 

CONDITION #1: Go to Confession within 20 days of Divine Mercy Sunday.,  Be sorry for anything you did that was sinful in the past.  By the way, a list of local Confession times at churches is on our website at:

Divine Mercy Sunday plenary indulgence

A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!");

A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation.

For those who cannot go to church or the seriously ill

In addition, sailors working on the vast expanse of the sea; the countless brothers and sisters, whom the disasters of war, political events, local violence and other such causes have been driven out of their homeland; the sick and those who nurse them, and all who for a just cause cannot leave their homes or who carry out an activity for the community which cannot be postponed, may obtain a plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, if totally detesting any sin, as has been said before, and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, will recite the Our Father and the Creed beforea devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you).

If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the PlenaryIndulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.

General info about plenary indulgences:

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. 


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:  "JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU."


Other plenary indulgence opportunities:

Here is Info on the pandemic related plenary indulgence:

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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