In response to a petition by the Superior General of the Salvatorians, the Holy Father has again granted further privileges to the " Priests' Thursday " devotion.
The Salvatorians are strenuously propagating the devotion of praying on the first Thursday of each month for the sanctification of priests. The Pope had already granted the privilege of a votive Mass of Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest, on that day, where the devotion is publicly observed.
In reply to questions concerning this Mass, the Holy See has now definitely stated: (1) the Mass has a Gloria and a Credo: (2) on days when impeded by a double of the first or second class, in place of the votive Mass a cummemoration of the same can he made under one conclusion with the first oration of the feast of the day, provided the feast of the day is not a feast of Our Lord or its Octave; (3) the colour is white.
Also, in order to propagate the devotion more fully, the Pope has granted indulgences. To all who practise the devotion, either publicly or privately, the following indulgences can be gained under the usual conditions; (1) a plenary on the first Thursday of each month as well as on the first Saturday, on the feast day of the B.V. Mary, Queen of Apostles, and on the natal feast days of the Holy Apostles; (2) a partial indulgence of seven years on other days of the year when the devotion is practised; (3) the partial indulgence of three hundred days to those who recite devoutly and with a contrite heart the invocation, "Jesu, Salvator Mundi, sanctifica sacerdotes et levitas tuos "—Jesus, Saviour of the World, sanctify Thy priests and levites, The English of the latter invocation has not yet been approved.