A Plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed.
A partial indulgence is applicable for the same any other day of the year.
All other requirements remain in effect, though really, Nov. 1 is on a Sunday. So is November 8. You’re going to Mass anyway. How hard is it to throw in another couple of prayers and make sure you go to confession in the next week or two?
In case you weren’t paying attention, the other requirements include:
Sacramental confession. One confession covers several indulgences; the important thing is to Confess within the next couple of weeks, assuming you haven’t just been.
Prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff which can be as simple as Our Father and Hail Mary.
You must be free from attachment to sin, even venial sin. That’s the dicey one because I’m not quite sure what it really means; however, a partial indulgence is available for those who don’t make the cut. I have roses in the refrigerator and plan to bring them to my grandma’s grave.
I’m glad there’s another Sunday to do this on, as I have another cemetery to visit. You’d think it was my last cemetery run until Easter, but it won’t be. I’m a cemetery girl from way back, with a tradition of bringing or sending flowers for the departed’s birthday, one of which falls in December.