In the traditional Catholic Church, indulgences are grants by the Church that reduce the temporal punishment for sins. They are categorised into two main types.

Plenary Indulgences

These remove all temporal punishment due to sin. To gain a plenary indulgence, one must fulfil specific conditions, which typically include:

  • Sacramental confession
  • Reception of Holy Communion
  • Prayer for the intentions of the Pope
  • Complete detachment from all sin, including venial sin

Partial Indulgences

These remove part of the temporal punishment due to sin. The extent of the indulgence varies depending on the act performed and the disposition of the person.

Indulgences can be obtained through various prescribed acts, such as prayers, devotions, charitable works, or certain religious observances. Some of these valuable prayers can be found in the 1910 edition of the Roccolta. Examples include:

  • Praying the Rosary in a church or family group (Plenary)
  • Reading the Bible for at least half an hour (Plenary)
  • Visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead, especially during the first eight days of November (Plenary for each day)
  • Saying specific prayers, such as the “Hail Mary” or “Our Father” (Partial)

Indulgences are meant to encourage the faithful to perform acts of devotion, penance, and charity, enhancing their spiritual growth and helping the souls in Purgatory.

The Raccolta

“The Raccolta” (Italian for “The Collection”) remains an important part of the traditional, pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, which continues to uphold its use and the indulgences prescribed within it. While the modernist Catholic Church, following the Second Vatican Council, basically ditched the older forms for the guidelines and practices regarding indulgences, the Traditionalist segment of the Church maintains pre-Vatican II practices and liturgical forms.

Key Roles of “The Raccolta” in the Traditional Church

Liturgical and Devotional Consistency
“The Raccolta” provides a consistent and authoritative source of indulgenced prayers and devotions, aligning with our liturgical practices.

Preservation of Tradition
By continuing to use the Raccolta, we preserve the spiritual and devotional practices that were in place before the changes introduced by the Second Vatican Council. This includes maintaining the specific prayers and acts that were historically indulgenced.

Guidance for Spiritual Growth
The Raccolta offers a structured way for the faithful to engage in prayers and devotions that aid in our spiritual growth and help reduce temporal punishment for sins, both for ourselves and for souls in Purgatory.

Educational Resource
It serves as an educational tool, teaching the faithful about the nature and benefits of indulgences as understood in the pre-Vatican II Church. This includes understanding the proper conditions required to gain these indulgences.

Devotional Focus
This sacred book encourages a focus on specific devotions and practices that are highly valued in the traditional Catholic Church, such as the rosary, the Stations of the Cross, and various litanies and novenas.

For traditionalist Catholics, the Raccolta remains a key resource for understanding and practising the faith as it was before the liturgical and doctrinal changes of the Second Vatican Council.