EXPLANATION OF THE GOSPEL.
Pope Benedict XIV., by a decree, July 31, 1736, of the S. Congr. of Indulgences. granted –
i. An indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines, to all the faithful every time they devoutly assist at the Explanation of the Gospel, which is made by the Parish Priests, in their respective parishes, on Sundays and the greater festivals of the year, according to the decrees of the holy Council of Trent. (Sess. v. De Reform. cap. ii., and sess. xxii. cap. viii.)
ii. A plenary indulgence on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, on Easter Day, and on the Feast of time Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul, provided that on those days, after Confession and Communion, they also assist at the said Explanation.
At the prayer of the venerable College of the Parish Priests of Rome, Pius VI., by a Rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Dec. 12, 1784, (which is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), confirmed these indulgences, and granted also an additional plenary indulgence; on the Epiphany of our Lord, Jan. 6, and on Whit-Sunday, on the same conditions as above.
These Indulgences may likewise be gained by the Parish Priests themselves, or by others who from time to time supply their place in the Explanation of the Holy Gospel; as appears from the said decree.