Happy New Year 2021! – Veni, Creator Spiritus! Start the Year Off Right
First things first – Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will!
Happy New Year 2021 to you all! We made it! By God’s grace we made it!
I want to extend the opportunity to us all to start the new year off right with first giving glory to the Most High and focusing on the most important thing in this life for every single day of every year, the things of God and the matters of the soul and getting our souls to heaven. That’s why I want to remind you with an sweet chance to do just this through the opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence (or at least a partial indulgence) if one of the regular conditions for plenary is not met. So, why not start off with inviting the Holy Spirit to cover you and inspire you all this year to grow in holiness? So, tell your pastor and get some people together in church today and do this:
On New Year’s Day, Catholics in full communion with the Church (not excommunicated) can gain a plenary indulgence if you participate in the PUBLIC (Like in Church with the people together) recitation or singing the Veni Creator Spiritus while being in a state of grace along with the following regular conditions:
- Prayers for the Pope’s designated intentions (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary will do fine)
- Detestation of and detachment from ALL sins, even venial sins
Here’s a link that I pulled some of this info from.
“It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested.” (EWTN – To learn more about plenary indulgences)
If one of the above regular conditions are not met with the prescribed work (in this case, the public Veni on New Year’s Day), then the indulgence will be partial for a soul in the state of grace. Plenary indulgences can be applied to either oneself or for the souls of the dead. They cannot be gained for other living persons. They can only be obtained once a day. On the other hand, partial indulgences can be obtain any number of times a day.
HOWEVER, If the recitation is NOT public, but private, you can obtain a partial indulgence instead (which is still so good!)
If you are at a lost at what an indulgence is in the first place, then visit this link on EWTN to get the lowdown.
Lastly, I have provided the prayer below in both Latin and English, whatever fits your fancy (however praying in the Roman/Latin Church for us Roman Catholics getting this indulgence out there is always a good thing). And indulgences are not just for us Latins; Eastern Catholics can and should get up on this, too. See yall all this 2021!
Veni Creator Spiritus.
Veni, creator Spiritus
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia,
quae tu creasti pectora.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas
et spiritalis unctio.
Tu septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae
tu rite promissum Patris
sermone ditans guttura.
Accende lumen sensibus,
infunde amorem cordibus,
infirma nostri corporis,
virtute firmans perpeti.
Hostem repellas longius
pacemque dones protinus;
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
Per te sciamus da Patrem
noscamus atque Filium,
te utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
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