The Secret of the Rosary - Forty-ninth Rose

Forty-ninth Rose - Indulgences


THIS IS THE right time to say a little about Indulgences
which have been granted to Rosary Confraternity members
so that you may gain as many as possible.
Briefly, an Indulgence is a remission or relaxation of
temporal punishment due to actual sins, by the application
of the superabundant satisfactions of Jesus Christ, of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Saints----which are contained
in the Treasury of the Church.
A Plenary Indulgence is a remission of the whole
punishment due to sin; a partial indulgence of, for instance,
one hundred or one thousand years [in Montfort's time-----
the Web Master] can be explained as the remission of as
much punishment as could have been expiated during one
hundred or one thousand years, if one had been given a
corresponding number of the penances prescribed by the
Church's ancient Canons.
Now these Canons exacted seven and sometimes ten or
fifteen years' penance for one single mortal sin, so that a
person who was guilty of twenty mortal sins would
probably have had to perform a seven year penance at least
twenty times, and so on.
Rosary Confraternity members who want to gain the
Indulgences must:
1. be truly repentant and must go to Confession and Holy
Communion, as the Bull of Indulgences teaches;
2. they must be entirely free from affection for venial sin,
because if affection for sin is left the guilt is left too, and
since the guilt is there, the punishment cannot be lifted;
3. they must say the prayers and carry out the good works
designated by the Bull. If, in accordance with what the Popes
have said, one can gain a partial Indulgence (for instance, of
one hundred years) without gaining a Plenary Indulgence, it
is not always necessary to go to Confession and Holy
Communion in order to gain it. Such partial Indulgences are
many of those attached to the Rosary (either of five or of
fifteen decades) to processions, blessed Rosaries, etc.
Be sure not to neglect these Indulgences. Flammin and a
great number of other writers tell the story of a young girl of
noble station by the name of Alexandre, who had been
miraculously converted and enrolled by Saint Dominic in
the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. After her death
she appeared to him and said that she had been condemned
to seven hundred years of Purgatory, because of her own
sins and those that she had made others commit by her
worldly ways. So she implored him to ease her pains by his
prayers and to ask the Confraternity members to pray for the
same end. Saint Dominic did as she had asked.
Two weeks later she appeared to him, more radiant than the
sun, having been quickly delivered from Purgatory through
the prayers that the Confraternity members had said for her.
She also told Saint Dominic that the Holy Souls in Purgatory
had given her a message to beg him to go on preaching the
Holy Rosary and to beg their relations to offer their Rosaries
for them, and that they would reward them abundantly
when they came into their glory.

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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