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Rescript of Pope Martin V Bishop of Rome and Roman Pontiff Issued on the 3rd of March Anno Domini 1428

Martin.... To all the faithful who shall see this letter.....health.... etc.... Since therefore, as
We have learned, the buildings and structure of the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Jesmond in the Diocese of Durham are in a very ruinous condition to which out of remarkable devotion a great many of the faithful are wont to congregate, on account of the various miracles the Most High has deigned to work there at the behest of the glorious Virgin, and since the alms of the faithful will, it is evident, being desirous that the buildings and the structure of this Chapel be repaired and also preserved and that the Faithful should gather there the more gladly out of devotion and give help towards its repair and preservation the more promptly when they, trusting in the mercy of Almighty God and the authority of His Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, shall see that there are abundantly rewarded by the gift of Heavenly Grace, to all who, after confession and with true repentance, shall annually visit the said Chapel on the Feasts of the Nativity, Circumcision, Epiphany, Resurrection, Ascension, Corpus Christi and Pentecost and on the Nativity, Annunciation, Purification and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the nativity of Blessed John the Baptist and on the festivals of the aforesaid Apostles Peter and Paul and of the Dedication of the Church itself and on the Solemnity of All Saints and throughout the Octaves of the Feasts of the Nativity, Circumcision, Epiphany, Resurrection, Ascension, and Corpus Christi and also of the Nativity and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Nativity of Blessed John and the aforesaid Apostles Peter and Paul and throughout the six days immediately following the said Feast of Pentecost and shall have given help towards the repair and preservation, we now by these presents to be valid for ten years remit namely on each of the Festivals and solemnities one years and forty days of penance enjoined on them and on the Octaves and aforesaid six days on which they visit the Chapel and give help for the repair and preservation, as said above one hundred days. We will however that if any other indulgence has been granted by Us in perpetuity or for a certain time not yet expired, to those serving this Chapel or giving help for its fabric fund, repair or preservation or to thhose there bestowing alms, the present letter shall be of no force or moment. Given at Rome at the Holy Apostles, the 3rd of March, in the eleventh years of our pontificate.

Martin V