Plenary indulgence

An indulgence is defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471) as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints". This means

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross A popular devotional item in Catholic churches, the Stations of the Cross retrace the tragic steps of the Passion of Christ, from his condemnation at the hands of Pilate to his burial. This devotion began with the early Christians but was formalised in the aftermath of medieval pilgrimages to the Holy Land: those who returned to Europe set up in their villages or churchyards reminders of the Via Dolorosa that they had retraced

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Confirmation

This is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church and may be called the Sacrament of Responsibility. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down on the apostles to strengthen them in their preaching of the Gospel. At Confirmation the Holy Spirit comes into us to strengthen us in carrying out our responsibilities as active adult Christians.

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Tenebrae

Tenebrae (Latin for 'shadows' or 'darkness') is a Christian religious service celebrated within Western Christianity on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited. Tenebrae services are celebrated by only some parishes of the

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Examination Of Conscience

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE This examination, based on the Ten Commandments of God, is intended as a general help in preparing your confession and is not meant as an exhaustive list of every sin that could possibly be committed. In making our examination of conscience we should have great trust in the mercy of God and ask Him, as well as Our Lady and our guardian angel, to help us remember and regret our sins. In general. When was my last confession?

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