Dec. 31 & Jan. 1 Indulgences (Solemnity of Mary not a Holy Day in 2018)PLENARY INDULGENCES DECEMBER 31 & JANUARY 1
A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite the Te Deum on the final day of the year, thanking God for the gifts they received throughout the year; and the Veni Creator Spiritus on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the course of the whole year. Plenary indulgences remove the temporal punishment for sins—either for the person receiving the indulgence or for a soul in purgatory. The requirements for a Plenary Indulgence also include (1) making a Sacramental Confession a week before or after reciting the prayers mentioned above, (2) receiving Holy Communion and (3) saying prayers for the intention of the Holy Father. Read more at: www.catholic.org/prayers/indulgc.php.
Because it falls on a Monday, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2018.