ORIGINAL TITLE Title: Patente y sumario de las indulgencias, gracias, remisiones y perdones que se han concedido a favor de la ilustre congregación de nuestra Señora de los Dolores…
PRONUNCIATION: Patente y sumario de las indulgencias, gracias, remisiones y perdones que se han concedido a favor de la ilustre congregación de nuestra Señora de los Dolores…
MATERIAL: Paper
TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 20 cm.
COMPONENTS: 4 leaves. Last page illustrated with cooper engravings.
CONDITION: Very good condition.
NOTES: For more information consult: María Alba Pastor. Formaciones religiosas en la América colonial. Mexico: UNAM, 2000.
priceInfo: 4/19/16
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ITEM ID: 3582
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Mexican Colonial Indulgence and Confraternity Membership Patent

DATE
Year: 1801
Decade: 1800s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

The current document served both as an indulgence and as a membership to a confraternity. The first part states the papal indulgences granted to the confraternity (thus applicable to any member). It includes the ways to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins, such as: 7 years of indulgence if the member attended to all of the ceremonies of the parish, 60 days for every assistance to the mass, 60 days for assisting to burials of other members, 60 days for prayers, etc. However, the document states that to make valid those indulgences, the member needed to buy another document: “La bula de la santa cruzada”, the new edition. During the second half of the sixteenth century, after the Tridentine reforms, confraternities proliferated in New Spain which promoted the doctrine of the purgatory and the notion of the remission of the punishment due to sins through indulgences. The purgatory was a possibility that distressed many, so the adherence and the observance of the rules and constitutions of the confraternities became vital for the habitants of the New Spain to obtain indulgences. The more prominent were the confraternity, the higher the spiritual graces and indulgences that were offered to its members. Only in Mexico City for the mid-eighteenth century there were more than nine hundred brotherhoods and all were issuing the patent or summary of indulgences where they agreed to give burial or give money to the family upon a member’s death.

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Name: Imprenta Madrileña
Type: Printer