PAPAL BRIEF #1
FIRST BRIEF OF THE HOLY FATHER
According special indulgences to the confraternity of the Holy Face
Leo XIII Pope.
For a perpetual remembrance.
Having learnt that, in a public Oratory of the town of Tours, dedicated to the Holy Face of our Lord Jesus Christ, there exists a pious association of the faithful, Legitimately Established under the title of the Holy Face:
In order that this association may receive great increase day by day;
Putting all our confidence in the mercy of Almighty God, and in the authority of his Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, we grant:
I. To each and all the faithful of both sexes who shall enter into the said association, a plenary indulgence and the remission of all their sins on the first day of their entrance into the association, on condition that, being truly contrite and having confessed, they shall receive the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.
II. To such as shall have been already inscribed, or who shall be successively inscribed in the aforesaid association, a similar plenary indulgence at the article of death, provided that, being truly contrite, they confess and communicate, or if unable to do so, they at least, in a contrite spirit, devoutly invoke with their lips, or if that be not possible, with their heart, the Holy Name of Jesus.
III. To all and each of the brethren and sisters who are already, or who shall henceforward become members of the said association, a plenary indulgence on the feast of St. Peter, the prince of the apostles and the principal patron of the Confraternity, whether it be on the day itself of his feast, or at their pleasure on one of the seven days immediately following, provided that, being truly penitent, and having confessed and communicated, they devoutly visit the above mentioned Oratory, and that they there piously offer to God prayers for the concord of Christian princes, the extirpation of heresies, the conversion of sinners in the exaltation of holy mother Church.
IV. To the same persons, a similar plenary indulgence every year, on a day which must be fixed by the Ordinary, provided that they visit the above named Oratory fulfilling the conditions already mentioned, from the first vespers of that day to the setting of the sun (1);
In addition, we grant to the same members of the faithful, according to the usual form of the Church, and indulgence of 60 days for the remission of penances which have been enjoined upon them, or which they have merited on any occasion whatever:
I. Each time that, having at least a contrite heart, they shall devoutly assist at some pious exercise in the above named Oratory;
II. Each time that they shall piously kiss the sorrowful Face of Christ, the distinctive sign of their Confraternity, whether it be sculptured, or whether it be engraved or impressed upon a cross or a picture, adding this invocation: Lord, show us Thy Face, and we shall be saved;
III. Lastly, each time that they shall perform some other pious, or charitable act, in conformity with the object of their Confraternity.
We grant in the Lord, that all and every one of these Indulgences, remissions of sins and dispensations of penance, may be applied, by way of suffrage, to the souls of the faithful who have departed out of this world united to God through charity.
These presents have a value in perpetuity for the future.
Given at Rome, near St. Peter, under the ring of the fisherman, the 9th of December 1884, being the 7th year of our Pontificate.
Place of the seal.
For Monserigneur Cardinal Chisi,
O. Princhieri, substitute.
Examined and certified:
Tours, 16th December 1884.
Durand, vic. gen.