The Moment of Death (Plenary Indulgence)

Indulgences were reformed and simplified in 1968 by Pope St. Paul VI and are to be found in The Enchiridion Of Indulgences (‘Handbook’ of Indulgences). In these times of the coronavirus COVID-19 pestilence it is judicious to keep #28 in mind, a plenary indulgence for those at the approach of death and unable to receive Extreme Unction (Last Rights) from a priest. This is listed below (emphasis added).

28. The Moment of Death

(In articulo mortis)

To the faithful in danger of death, who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the Apostolic Blessing with its plenary indulgence (see can. 468, 2 of Code of Canon Law), Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a plenary indulgence to be acquired at the point of death, provided they are properly disposed and have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime. The use of a crucifix or a cross to gain this indulgence is praiseworthy.

The condition: provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime supplies in such cases for the three usual conditions required for the gaining of a plenary indulgence.

The plenary indulgence at the point of death can be acquired by the faithful, even if they have already obtained another plenary indulgence on the same day.

The above grant is taken from the Apostolic Constitution The Doctrine of Indulgences, Norm 18.

(The Enchiridion Of Indulgences [1968]; page 27)

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Prior to 1968 the Raccolta listed numerous indulgenced acts and prayers and, for piety’s sake, some of these beautiful prayers and devotions can be found here. Of worthy note is #133 Ejaculation of Resignation to the Will of God. This pious invocation should be made often-times during life. Whilst easily said, one should accept, patiently and with gracious resignation, the death God has determined for us:

May the most just, most high, most adorable will of God be in all things done, and praised, and magnified for ever.

Fiat, laudetur, atque in aeternum superexaltetur justissima, altissima, et amabilissima voluntas Dei in omnibus.

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