Normally during the month of November, indulgences are available on All Soul’s Day and during the Octave of All Saints’ Day.
Last year, out of concern for those confined to home and to avoid large gatherings in churches and cemeteries, the Holy See extended the availability for these indulgences throughout the whole month of November.
Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary Cardinal Mauro Piacenza signed the decree once again extending the availability of the indulgences in response to “various pleas recently received from the various Sacred Pastors of the Church, due to the continuing state of the pandemic.”
The decree allows those who cannot leave home to obtain the indulgence, and more time for those who can to “attend Mass, to receive the sacrament of confession, and to visit the cemetery, while still following local coronavirus measures on crowds.”
“[The decree] confirms and extends for the entire month of November 2021 all the spiritual benefits already granted on 22 October 2020. From the renewed generosity of the Church, the faithful will certainly draw pious intentions and spiritual vigour to guide their lives according to the Gospel law, in filial communion and devotion to the Supreme Pontiff, the visible foundation and Pastor of the Catholic Church.”
Those who cannot leave home can participate by spiritually joining all Catholics and reciting prayers for the deceased before an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary with the intentions of completing the normal requirements as early as possible.
“For example, Lauds and Vespers of the Office of the Dead, the Marian Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, other prayers for the deceased dearest to the faithful, or occupy themselves in considered reading of one of the Gospel passages proposed by the liturgy of the deceased, or perform a work of mercy by offering to God the sorrows and hardships of their own lives.”
Learn more about how to obtain the indulgences during November here!