ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA
Pope Clement XII., in order to inspire the faithful, and especially the young, with greater devotion towards the angelic youth St. Aloysius Gonzaga, granted by two decrees of time S. Congr. of Indulgences, Dec. 11, 1739, and Jan. 17, 1740 –
i. A Plenary Indulgence on each of the six Sundays which are wont to be kept in honour of this Saint, either immediately before his Feast, on June 21, or else at some other time of the year. In order to gain this Plenary Indulgence, it is requisite that the six Sundays should be kept consecutively; and that on each of them the faithful, being truly penitent, should, after Confession and Communion, employ themselves in pious meditations or vocal prayers, or other works of Christian piety, in honour of the Saint. There are several books of devotion on the subject, pointing out what pious exercises are to be done on these six Sundays.
ii. A Plenary Indulgence may also be gained on his Feast by all the faithful who, after Confession and Communion, shall make a visit to the Saint and pray for the Holy Church, &c. This Indulgence may be gained on that day in the year when, and in that place or at that altar where, his Feast is celebrated de licentia Ordinarii, whenever and wheresoever that day and place may be. See Brief of Benedict XIII., Nov. 22, 1729; of Clement XII., Nov. 21, 1737; and Benedict XIV., April 22, 1712.
Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of many bishops, the more to increase devotion towards St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who from the the of his canonisation was given by Benedict XIII. as the special protector of the young, granted, by a decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, March 6, 1802 –
An indulgence of 100 days, once a day, to all the faithful who, being contrite, shall devoutly say the following prayer, with one Pater noster and one Ave Maria.
O blessed Aloysius, adorned with angelic virtues, I thy most unworthy suppliant recommend specially to thee the chastity of my soul and body, praying thee by thy angelic purity to plead for me with Jesus Christ the Immaculate Lamb, and His most Holy Mother, Virgin of virgins, that they would vouchsafe to keep me from all grievous sin. Never suffer me to be defiled with any stain of impurity; but when thou dost see me in temptation, or in danger of falling, then remove far from my mind all evil thoughts and unclean desires, and awaken in me the memory of eternity to come, and of Jesus crucified; impress deeply in my heart a sense of the holy fear of God; and kindling in me the fire of Divine love, enable me
so to follow thy footsteps here on earth, that in heaven I may be made worthy to enjoy with thee the vision of our God for ever. Amen.
One Pater noster and one Ave Maria.