(NOTE: reposted from an earlier date. In addition to what I have below, Colleen Hammond has some excellent additional material: “Holy Works and Indulgences for All Souls Day and the Octave”
Now, my repost:
There is a devotion for visiting a cemetery that results in an indulgence for the devotee. An indulgence is described here: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Indulgences
(Via New Advent.)
Anyway, an indulgence is granted when a Catholic visits a cemetery or a Church and prays for the dead on any of the first 8 days of November. The indulgence granted is for only those souls suffering in Purgatory.
A plenary indulgence is granted if you recite one Our Father and the Creed, with the provision that you have been to Confession within a week, before of after, received Holy Communion and recited an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the Pope, and have no attachment to venial sin. If any of these conditions are lacking, the indulgence will be partial. On any time of the year outside the first 8 days of November, it is a partial one.
It is important to glance over the linked article in the Catholic Encyclopedia to get a better understanding on all this “indulgence” material. It’s a good read.
At any rate, it is a good thing to visit the dead. It is a reminder to us that life on Earth is temporary and that there is another life awaiting us.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)"The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"