How to receive the pandemic Plenary Indulgence

It’s not too late to receive a plenary indulgence if you are sick with COVID-19 or are caring for or praying for those who are sick. It’s pretty easy to do and you might have already met the conditions!

On March 20, the Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican announced a special indulgence for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them,” said the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

“In these extraordinary circumstances, anyone who joins us for the Holy Mass, Family Rosary, or Divine Mercy Chaplet is eligible for a Plenary Indulgence, if they “implore Almighty God to end the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to himself,” explained Rev. Francis Hoffman “Fr. Rocky”, Executive Director/CEO at Relevant Radio®.

So how does it work? Simply put, if you are affected by the Coronavirus (sick, quarantined, working in health care, caring for a family member who is sick) you may gain a Plenary Indulgence by being detached from sin and participating in the Holy Mass, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, or other devotion via the media.

Digging a little deeper, the decree specified the following conditions for the Plenary Indulgence:

The sick, those under quarantine, or who care for the sick may obtain the plenary indulgence “if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.”

The faithful around the world may also gain a Plenary Indulgence if they “offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.”

Join Relevant Radio for the following devotions (on your local station, at, or on the free mobile app) in order to be eligible for the special Plenary Indulgence during this global pandemic:

  • Daily Mass at noon CT
  • Family Rosary Across America daily at 7pm CT
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet weekdays at 3pm CT

Get all the details by reading the full Decree from the Vatican. Our Lady of Good Health, pray for us!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.