The Gift of the Jubilee Indulgence
The Saint Charles Jubilee Year is an invitation to experience God’s love revealed in the Passion of Jesus Christ and to be witnesses to that love. At the heart of the Jubilee Year is the call of Jesus to open our hearts to his mercy and forgiveness and to bring to others his love and compassion. A sign of this mercy and love is the Jubilee Indulgence granted by Pope Francis to all who participate in the Saint Charles Jubilee Year which lasts from 11 December 2021 until 5 January 2023.
A Jubilee is a time of grace, forgiveness and mercy offered to believers to renew themselves in their Christian life, recognizing their sins and asking God’s forgiveness. During the Jubilee Year for the bicentenary of the birth of St Charles of Mount Argus, it is possible to receive the gift of the plenary indulgence.
God grants us his forgiveness through the Sacrament of Penance, but the scars and wrongful attachments which our sins leave behind need to be removed, both in this life (with prayer and works of penance), and after death, in the state called Purgatory: this process is the so-called “temporal punishment due to sin”.
The Jubilee Indulgence aims at the healing of the wounds left by our sins and the elimination of time in Purgatory. An indulgence is not a kind of discount, but instead implies a desire for a real change of life, a deep conversion of heart.
To gain the Jubilee Indulgence, we celebrate the following:
- A Pilgrim Visit to the Church at Mount Argus
- Spiritual Participation in the Saint Charles Jubilee
- The Profession of Faith and the Our Father
- Prayer for the Pope’s Intentions
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
- The Reception of the Holy Eucharist
On your Pilgrim Visit to Mount Argus, you may not have the time or opportunity to receive Confession and Holy Communion; it is sufficient to do so within a reasonable time.
The elderly, the infirm and those who for serious reasons cannot leave their home to make the Pilgrim Visit to Mount Argus can gain the Jubilee Indulgence by joining spiritually in the Jubilee celebrations while praying at home, offering their prayers and sufferings to the Lord, and committing themselves to fulfill the other conditions (confession, Eucharist, prayer for the Pope) as soon as possible.
The plenary indulgence can be received during the entire time of the Jubilee (from 11 December 2021 to 5 January 2023) once a day for oneself, or applied for the souls of the faithful departed.