This is the bit that washes away your sins

From an Indulgence printed by Johann Gutenberg in 1455 for the King of Cyprus.  One acquired the indulgence for fighting the Turks in Cyprus:

Form of Fullest Absolution and Remission in Life

May Almighty God have mercy upon you, and after your sins are sent away, lead you to eternal life.  May our Lord Jesus Christ, through his most holy and most piteous compassion, as well by his own authority as by that of blessed Peter and Paul his apostles and by the apostolic authority committed to me and granted to you, absolve you.  I absolve you from all your sins worn away, confessed, and forgotten, as well as from all misfortunes, excesses, crmes, and offenses however weighty they may be, reserved for the Apostolic See, and even from any excommunications, suspensions, and interdict, and from other decrees, censures, and ecclesiastical penalties promulgated by law or by man.  If you have run into such matters, I give you fullest indulgence and remission of all your sins, inasmuch as the keys of the Church of Saint Mary extend themselves in this part.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

And now you know what I’ve been doing with all those years of Latin!


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