The Constitutions for Oblates
Approved 12-23-14 by the Superior General
Jan 1, 2016
Guild Masses in January
The Monthly Requiem of the Guild will be offered on Tuesday January 19. Masses "pro Populo" are offered on January 1 and 6.
Jan 1, 2016
Important Notice for Postulants
This is the last reminder for Postulants who joined us in January of 2015 that they need to apply for admission to the Novitiate before their one-year anniversary to avoid having their membership terminated as inactive. Contact the Dean by phone or e-mail to arrange for the ceremony of induction.
Jan 3, 2016
We still have a few copies left of our two beautiful traditional Catholic wall calendars for 2016. The first is black and white and contains full liturgical rubrics for every day of the year, making it easy to know not only what feastday it is, but also what the commemorations are at Mass and what colour vestments the priest will be wearing. Days of fast are marked and instructions are provided on the rules of fast and other important things every Catholic should know. Our liturgical calendar is $10.95 with free shipping.
Our second calendar is full-colour on glossy card stock, and features images of the cathedrals of Europe. It contains the feastday for every day of the year, together with very clear color markings for holydays of obligatio and days of fast, making it a quick and easy reference to know what your duties are on any given day. National holidays for the United States are also included. Our colour calendar is $14.95 with free shipping.
Both calendars are available at Confraternity Books, the online bookstore of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.
January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord
Holyday of Obligation and Missa pro Populo
January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord
Missa pro Populo
Blessing of Chalk, Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh
Blessing of homes with Epiphany Water
Children's Christmas Party with Three Kings Cake
January 18 - Chair of St. Peter at Rome
Opening of Chair of Unity Octave
January 19 - St. Marius & Companions, Mm
January 22 - Ss. Vincent & Anastasius, Mm
Chair of Unity meeting of Board of Directors
January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul, Ap
Closing of Chair of Unity Octave
Prayer of Restoration
To be Recited Daily
Let us pray.
Almighty and Everlasting God, * we beseech thee to restore unto this world of sin * that faith which St. Peter thy first Pope and Prince of the Apostles * did once humbly confess; * and commit once more, * through thine infinite mercy, * the government of thy Church * unto a worthy Vicar of thy Son; * that he may be bestowed with such increase of all virtues * as may be pleasing in thy sight; * and that being so adorned, * he may lift from the Church and from all nations * the heavy weight of heresy * that presseth down upon us; * and rendering Christendom once more acceptable in thy sight, * may bring at length all nations * to render due homage at the feet of their divine King, * even Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, * who liveth and reigneth with thee, * in the unity of the Holy Ghost, * ever one God, * world without end. * Amen.
1 THE OBLATION AND THE OBLATE
1.1 PURPOSE OF THE OBLATION The Act of Oblation made by an Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, (hereafter referred to as The Guild) is based on a rite approved by the Church for the Oblates of St. Benedict. By this Act of Oblation, anyone of the faithful living in the world, having been moved by a desire for greater perfection and by a special devotion to our Holy Mother Church and her traditional faith, liturgy, customs and values, offers himself to God, to our Saviour, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to our holy patron Saint Peter. By this act, he spiritually affiliates himself with a Mission or Priory of The Guild and its community, in order thereby to lead a more perfect Christian life in the world according to the spirit of The Rule of The Guild; to share likewise in the spiritual treasures of The Guild and enjoy the special privileges granted by The Guild to its Oblates; and to promote and support, as far as lies in his power, the aims and the spirit of The Guild, and the good of the Mission or Priory to which he is attached.
1.2 NATURE OF THE OBLATION This Oblation is not a vow, nor is it irrevocable, but as it is a deliberate resolve of the will made before God and man and confirmed by a sacred rite, it is worthy of high respect.
1.3 CANDIDATES The faithful of either sex, as well as clerics and priests, may be received as Oblates of any Mission or Priory of The Guild by its ruling Chaplain or Prior.
1.4 GOOD MORALS As it is the duty of Oblates to strive with perseverance to lead a more holy life, only those should be admitted to their number who are commendable for their good morals and good name.
1.5 AGE NECESSARY FOR ADMITTANCE Moreover, no one under the age of fifteen shall be accepted as an Oblate Novice.
1.6 APPLICATION AS POSTULANT To initiate membership in the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula as an Oblate, it is necessary to first contact the Prior of a Priory or the Chaplain of a Mission and apply for acceptance as a Postulant. This application shall be made in writing and shall include the Application Stipend of $30.00.
1.7 INVESTITURE AS AN OBLATE NOVICE Three months after the first application, or even at once if the perseverance of the candidates can be relied upon, they may be received as an Oblate Novice, and be invested with the medal of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, which shall be worn prominently thenceforth by the Oblate at Mass and Divine Office on all feastdays of St. Peter, as well as the feasts of the Presentation and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the two feasts of St. Joseph, and the feast of St. Pius X.
1.8 THE FINAL ACT OF OBLATION A year after his investiture, the Oblate Novice shall be allowed to make his final Act of Oblation in the presence of the Chaplain or Prior.
1.9 DELEGATION TO PRIESTS The Chaplain or Prior may, however, delegate any priest, secular or regular, to invest an Oblate Novice or receive his final Oblation.
1.10 NAMES PRESERVED IN ARCHIVES The names of the Oblates shall be preserved in the archives of their respective Mission or Priory, so that the priests and religious of The Guild may the more faithfully remember them before God.
1.11 TRANSFERENCE TO ANOTHER MISSION OR PRIORY For serious reasons, Oblates, if they so wish, may be transferred from one Mission or Priory to another by the Chaplain or Prior of the Mission or Priory to which they wish to change, provided they have obtained the written consent of the Chaplain or Prior of the Mission or Priory they are leaving.
1.12 TO BE KNOWN AS OBLATES Although the Oblates comprise the Third Order of The Guild, they shall nevertheless be known as Oblates and not as Tertiaries.
2 CONVERSION OR REFORMATION OF THE WAY OF LIFE
2.1 PENANCE AND PRAYER Oblates shall specially devote themselves to the practice of penance and prayer, the surest foundations of religion.
2.2 NOT WORLDLY-MINDED In addition to the practice of those virtues on which the whole of the Christian life depends, that is faith, hope, and charity, Oblates shall renounce the pomps and vanities of the world, being mindful of the words of our Saviour: “Ye are not of the world” (John 15, 19), and should zealously strive to live according to the words of St. Paul: “Our conversation is in heaven” (Philip. 3, 20).
2.3 POVERTY Oblates shall practice the evangelical counsel of poverty by detaching themselves from all distractions of the world, and while retaining private ownership of their good, using them with a holy detachment and indifference. With an utter contempt for pride, they shall, in accordance with the spirit of the vow of poverty, cultivate a warm-hearted generosity towards the poor and the unfortunate, and offer their aid to pious causes.
2.4 CHASTITY Oblates shall practice the evangelical counsel of chastity by having God as the primary object of their affections, subordinating all other natural affections for family and friendship to love of their Creator.
2.5 OBEDIENCE AND SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITY Oblates shall practice the evangelical counsel of obedience by following The Rule and Constitutions, as well as The Calendar to the best of their ability.
2.6 FAST AND ABSTINENCE They shall keep the days of fast and abstinence as prescribed by the Church prior to the Second Vatican Council for the region or diocese in which they are located.
2.7 STUDY OF THE RULE They shall often read and ponder over The Rule of our Guild, and, by constantly employing the tools of the spiritual craft taught in The Rule, they shall direct all their actions towards acquiring that love which, when it is perfect, “casteth out fear” (I John 4, 18).
3 SPECIAL DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF OBLATES
3.1 RELIGIOUS OBLIGATIONS Oblates shall highly esteem those religious practices which are incumbent upon all the faithful, such as morning and evening prayers, devout assistance at Mass and other sacred functions on Sundays and holy days, prayers before and after meals, fasting and abstinence on the assigned days, and other similar acts of worship.
3.2 DUTIES OF STATE IN LIFE Oblates shall fulfill the duties of their state in life with the utmost fidelity; for, to neglect what is necessary in order to take upon oneself extraordinary and more perfect obligations is most strongly to be condemned.
3.3 FAMILY DUTIES Above all, they must not neglect their family duties upon which the Apostle so strongly insists, saying: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Tim. 5, 8).
3.4 LOVE OF THE SACRED LITURGY Remembering the precept of our holy Rule that Members of The Guild shall view the Sacred Liturgy “as their primary means of communication with God, and as their primary tool to bring God to others” (Holy Rule 3.3), Oblates of The Guild should zealously cultivate a special love for the sacred liturgy. They should take an active interest in all that concerns the beauty and adornment of churches and altars, and, in a word, lovingly do what they can to preserve and increase the splendor of divine worship.
3.5 HOLY MASS AND DIVINE OFFICE Priest Oblates shall offer the holy Sacrifice with the greatest care and devotion, and dutifully pray the Divine Office with becoming piety and attention. Lay Oblates will, as often as they can, gladly assist at Mass and at the Divine Office chanted by monks or nuns in choir, even on week days; or, if this be not possible, they shall at least unite with them in spirit. It is, furthermore, very commendable for Oblates to pray in private the Divine Office according to the Roman rite, or at least the Little Office of Our Lady, if this be reasonably possible; for, by so doing, they will offer most acceptable prayers to God in the name of the Church, in thanksgiving for favours already received and in petition of new ones.
3.6 THE LITTLE OFFICE AND SHORT OFFICE FOR OBLATES Oblates who are unable to recite either the Roman Breviary or the Little Office of Our Lady, and who do not assist at any of the Canonical Hours, shall daily pray the Little Office of the Oblates. For a reasonable cause, they may ask the Chaplain or Prior to replace this by the Short Office for Oblates.
3.7 DEVOTION TO OUR SAVIOUR Among the special devotions which have been approved and recommended by the Church, Oblates of The Guild shall give particular preference to the worship of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and to the adoration of his most Sacred Heart.
3.8 OTHER DEVOTIONS Oblates shall, moreover, cultivate a devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God, and pay all due honour to the Angels and Saints, in particular to Saint Joseph, heavenly Protector of the Universal Church, and to our glorious patron Saint Peter. They should love to pray the Angelus, the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to make the Stations of the Cross, and to carry out other pious exercises as listed in The Rule.
3.9 PRAYER FOR SPECIAL INTENTIONS Oblates have a special obligation to recite daily the Guild Prayer of Restoration. Oblates shall pray also for the triumph of Holy Mother Church, for the spread of religion, for the extirpation of heresies and schisms, especially the heresy of modernism, for the conversion of infidels, for the repentance of sinners, for the perseverance of the righteous, and for the relief of the souls in Purgatory.
3.10 DAILY MORNING OFFERING Oblates should, each morning, offer their actions of the day to God in honour of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in imitation of the example of St. Gertrude the Great.
3.11 DAILY EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE Oblates should, each evening, examine their conscience as to the manner in which these actions have been performed.
3.12 MEDITATION Oblates should, once each month, meditate for a half hour before the Blessed Sacrament, or at least during one Mass each month.
3.13 FREQUENT COMMUNION Oblates should receive Holy Communion frequently, even daily, upon the advice of their confessor.
3.14 OBLATE WEBSITE Oblates should make frequent (at least weekly) visits to the Oblate website at www.peteradvincula.org in order to acquaint themselves with upcoming Guild events and other news.
3.15 SUPPORT OF MISSION OR PRIORY Oblates shall participate in the work of the Mission and Priory to which they are attached by becoming an active member of at least two Guilds or Sodalities, one of which shall be the Guild of All Souls, and the other at their own choice. They shall cultivate a loyalty to their Mission or Priory and support it financially insofar as they are able by making donations and submitting Mass intentions on a regular basis.
3.16 RENEWAL OF OBLATION Oblates should each year renew their Act of Oblation on November 21, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the principal feast of the Oblates.
3.17 SPECIAL FEASTS FOR OBLATES In addition, Oblates should keep the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin (February 2), which was made holy by the oblation of our Saviour in the Temple; the two feasts of St. Joseph; all of the feasts of our holy patron Saint Peter, especially that of St. Peter-in-Chains (August 1); and the feast of St. Pius X (September 3) who valiantly defended Holy Mother Church from the modernists, and whose motto was to restore all things in Christ. Oblates shall wear their Guild Medals during Holy Mass and the Divine Office on these feastdays.
3.18 BINDING FORCE OF THESE STATUTES AND RULES Oblates should, finally, know that these Statutes and Rules do not bind under pain of sin, not even venial sin.