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The __ Approbacion et privilege de la confrerie de l'immaculee conception de Rouen__ has this type of information, for those who, members of the "confrerie", go and pray in Rouen during the holy week. They own

La faculté de gagner, ou en priant chez soi les jours dits pour les personnes malades, ou en se rendant dans diverses églises de Rouen, les mêmes indulgences et pardons qu’en suivant les « stacions de la cité de Romme ».

Ce dernier point est important, dans la mesure où il permet d’acquérir de nombreuses et précieuses indulgences. La fin de l’Approbacion d’ailleurs les énumère dans le détail et avec une complaisance indubitable :

Ensuivent les pardons et indulgences des stacions de Romme lesquelz les princes et associez de ladicte confraternité peuvent gaigner et acquerir en visitant les eglises, c’est assavoir Nostre dame de Rouen, des Carmes, de la Ronde, les jours cy aprés declarez tout ainsy qu’ils pourroient faire en visitant les sept eglises de Romme a ce deputez :

Et premierement les stacions au temps de l’Advent Le premier jour de l’Advent stacion a l’eglise de Sainte Marie la Maior ou il y a xxviij mil ans de indulgence et autant de quarantaines. Item la remission de la tierce partie de ses pechez. Item toutes les festes de la benoiste vierge Marie y a en icelle eglise Mil ans de indulgence...1

 

 

some of the indulgences go up to millions of years of remission.

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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Cormack, Margaret Jean
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Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: [M-R] indulgences and/or images

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
Greetings all!
I have a number queries regarding indulgences granted to churches in the late Middle Ages (15th and 16th centuries)
The first is, where could I find typical Latin formulas for such grants? (See the rough translation of an Icelandic one, below. I´m looking for parallels.)
 
Second, how common was it for bishops to a) bless specific statues or crosses in churches , and
b) grand indulgences for venerating specific images, whether blessed or not? Again, I´m trying to contextualize
scattered (Icelandic) examples.
 
Finally, assuming the bishop wasn´t just trying to encourage religion by granting indulgences to new churches, how common was it for an ambitious layperson to purchase an indulgence FOR HIS CHURCH ? (i.e. purchasing the right for 
pilgrims to his church who met the appropriate requirements to receive the stated indulgence as in the example below.) 
 
Here's a  *very rough*  translation of what a 15th c. Icelander was able to obtain for those who visited "his" church on appropriate feasts:
 

40 days indulgence to those who donate labor or service or goods to the support of the church, or provide it with any objects such as wax or other ornaments; 40 days to  those who recite the Pater Noster three times, and the Ave Maria an equal number of times, at the first ringing of bells in the morning and the final one in the evening; also to those who strike their breasts during Mass when the priest says “nobis quoque peccatoribus” 40 days for each or these things; also each time an individual listens to a sermon or Mass; 40 days to each one who walks around the church praying for those who are buried in the church or in the churchyard and for all Christian souls; and to those who accompany the body of Our Lord when it is carried to the sick for final unction, 40 days for each of these things. 

As mentioned, a few other documents grant an indulgence to those who pray before a specific image (statue or cross). In one case, the bishop is specifically stated to have consecrated the image in question.  

 

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or parallels,

Meg

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