The Handbook of Indulgences states:
A plenary indulgence is granted when the
rosary is recited in a church or oratory or when it is recited in a
family, a religious community, or a pious association. A partial
indulgence is granted for its recitation in all other
It has become customary to call [one set of mysteries]
the "rosary" also. Concerning this customary usage then, the following
norms are given regards a plenary indulgence.
- The recitation of [one set of mysteries] is
sufficient for obtaining the plenary indulgence, but these
five decades must be recited without interruption.
- Devout meditation on the mysteries is to be added
to the vocal prayer.
- In its public recitation the mysteries must be
announced in accord with approved local custom, but in its private
recitation it is sufficient for the Christian faithful simply to join
meditation on the mysteries to the vocal prayer.
- In the Eastern Churches where recitation of the
Marian rosary as a devotional practice is not found, the patriarchs
can establish other prayers in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary which
will have the same indulgences as those attached to the rosary, (e.g.,
in the Byzantine churches, the Akathist hymn, or the office
Keep in mind canon law concerning gaining indulgences:
To be capable of gaining indulgences, a person must be
baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the
end of the prescribed works. To gain indulgences, however, a capable
subject must have at least the general intention of acquiring them and
must fulfill the enjoined works in the established time and the proper
method, according to the tenor of the grant. (CIC 996 §1-2)
The Most Holy