Definition of the Guild
Bylaws of the Guild
Rule of the Guild
Dean and Chapter
Three Orders of the Guild
Mission and Priories
Observance of the Rule
Amendments to the Rule
Dispensations from the Rule
Interpretation of the Rule
Publication of Calendars
Missa pro Populo
1. The Guild and Its Government
2. The Rule and the Calendar
3. Prayer and Spirituality
4. The Faith and the Church
5. The First Order of the Guild
6. The Second Order of the Guild
7. The Third Order of the Guild
THE GUILD OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA. is a
self-supporting, integral and independent religious institution of the
Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of
the traditional Catholic faith and liturgy according to the doctrines,
rites and practices of the aforesaid Church before the Second Vatican
Council, and as specified by the provisions and restrictions of articles
3.5 - 3.7 below.
As a religious institution, THE GUILD OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA invokes the right and recognizes the duties and obligations attendant thereon of claiming a certain authority over its members. All authority finds its true source in God, "for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities which exist are ordained by God" (Romans 13:1). The GUILD OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA shall exercise this authority over its members through the means of its Bylaws and its Rule.
The primary document of authority governing the Guild and its organization, administration and activities shall be its Bylaws, to which this Rule shall be subordinate. The Board of Directors shall be the sole and authentic interpreters of these Bylaws.
Recognizing the need to distinguish between the administrative and ecclesiastical aspects of its government, the Guild provides for the regulation of the latter by a Rule that complements and is subordinate to its Bylaws. The Rule shall be the second document of authority of the Guild, which, while claiming no ecclesiastical authority or canonical jurisdiction over its members, shall nevertheless impose the observance of the Rule in order to regulate, organize and administrate the ecclesiastical and spiritual activities of its members.
Furthermore, the Rule shall provide for the spiritual welfare of all Guild members, whether clergy or laity, by establishing and promoting the sacred liturgy as its primary and particular charism. In accordance with the overall spirit and specific principles of the Guild, the Rule shall emphasize devotion to the traditional liturgical prayer of the Church, particularly the Holy Mass and Divine Office, and in so doing shall ensure that its members constantly work for the greater glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the preservation and restoration of true Catholic worship. The priests, religious, and oblates of the Guild shall be encouraged to seek, in the observance of the Rule, the means by which they may work most effectively for these godly and salutary ends, and attain to that level of spiritual perfection to which each is called.
1 THE GUILD The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula (hereinafter referred to as “the Guild”) is a traditional Roman Catholic institution of priests, religious, and oblates, whose avowed purpose is to work for the preservation and restoration of the traditional faith and liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church (hereinafter referred to as “the Church”).
1.1 GOVERNMENT OF THE GUILD
1.1.1 BYLAWS The Bylaws of the Guild (hereinafter referred to as “the Bylaws”) are the primary document of authority governing the Guild and its members. The Board of Directors of the Guild (hereinafter referred to as “the Board”) is the sole and authentic interpreter of the Bylaws, and therefore the primary governing body of the Guild.
1.1.2 RULE The Rule of the Guild, (hereinafter referred to as “the Rule”) is the secondary document of authority governing the Guild and its members, and is distinguished from the Bylaws in that it covers only the ecclesiastical and spiritual issues concerning the Guild. The Superior General, in collaboration with the Dean of Chapter (hereinafter referred to as “the Dean”) and the Chapter itself, form the secondary governing body of the Guild, and shall be the sole and authentic interpreters of the Rule.
1.1.3 DIVISION OF AUTHORITY The division of administrative and ecclesiastical authority within the Guild shall be established and maintained in accordance with the Bylaws.
1.2 THE SUPERIOR GENERAL
1.2.1 PRIMARY ROLE The Superior General shall be responsible primarily for the ratification of the ecclesiastical policies of the Guild.
1.2.2 RATIFICATION PROCEDURE After Chapter has convened to discuss the establishment or modification of any ecclesiastical policy of the Guild, the Dean shall present in writing their official recommendation(s) to the Superior General for ratification.
1.2.3 APPROVAL OF CHAPTER RECOMMENDATIONS The Superior General may ratify with or without comment any recommendation made to him by Chapter. His assent shall be made in writing, and addressed to the Dean.
1.2.4 OPPOSITION TO CHAPTER RECOMMENDATIONS The Superior General may oppose any Chapter recommendation, either in part or in whole. In such a case, he shall discuss his opposition either verbally or in writing with the Dean, who shall then reconvene Chapter to review their recommendation in light of the Superior General’s suggestions. If no agreement can be reached, the matter shall be adjudicated by the Board.
1.2.5 SECONDARY ROLE It is the responsibility of the Superior General to ensure that the Rule adequately represents the interests of the members of all three Orders of the Guild.
1.3 THE DEAN AND CHAPTER
1.3.1 DEAN AND CHAPTER In matters exclusively ecclesiastical, the Guild shall be administered by a Chapter under the managerial authority of a Dean. Chapter shall make its recommendations to the Superior General, who shall either approve and ratify them, or return them to Chapter for further discussion, either of specific sections or of the recommendation as a whole.
1.3.2 ROLE, DUTIES AND MEMBERSHIP The role and duties of the Dean and Chapter, and the regulation of the composition of Chapter membership are covered by Article 9 of the Bylaws. Specific regulations for the administration and meetings of Chapter are covered by the Rule, as set out below.
1.3.3 QUALIFICATION Chapter members shall be men or women of sound mind who have reached the age of twenty-one (21) years, and have not been convicted of a felony within the ten years prior to their appointment.
1.3.4 REPRESENTATION Chapter members are appointed to represent a specific constituency of Guild members. Thus, in addition to the Dean, there shall be at least four other members who shall represent the interests of the First Order, the Second Order, the Third Order, and the Board.
1.3.5 TERM OF OFFICE The term of office of Chapter members shall commence at midnight at the beginning of Candlemas and shall end at the same time the following year.
1.3.6 REMOVAL Any Chapter member may be removed from office by the Dean. From the time of his removal, the former Chapter member shall have fourteen (14) days in which to appeal his removal to the Board.
1.3.7 RESIGNATION Any Chapter member may resign without the consent of the Dean. The resignation shall take effect on the date written notification is received by the Dean, or at a later date specified therein.
1.3.8 VACANCY In the event of a vacancy, the Dean shall appoint within a reasonable time a qualified person to fill the vacant position. The appointee shall serve the balance of the vacant term.
1.4 CHAPTER MEETINGS
1.4.1 SUMMONS TO CHAPTER A meeting of the Chapter may be called at any time by the Dean.
1.4.2 VENUE Chapter meetings may be held at any convenient location, and may be conducted through electronic means such as telephone, Skype, or other virtual-meeting internet software.
1.4.3 QUORUM A quorum at any Chapter meeting shall consist of two-thirds of the Chapter members.
1.4.4 ADJOURNMENT Any Chapter meeting, whether or not a quorum is present, may be adjourned to another date by the decision of the Dean. In the absence of a quorum, no other business may be transacted at such meeting.
1.4.5 VOTING At a Chapter meeting every Member present shall be entitled to one vote, and there shall be no voting by proxy or absentee ballot. Voting may be by voice or ballot at the discretion of the Dean, and action taken by a vote of the majority of Chapter members present shall constitute the action of the Chapter and shall be presented to the Superior General for ratification.
1.5 GUILD ORGANIZATION
1.5.1 VOTING RIGHTS Only members of the Board and Chapter shall have any voting rights, as provided for in the Bylaws. All other members of the Guild shall be non-voting members.
1.5.2 DIVISION The Guild shall be composed of three distinct types of member, according to their clerical status. In observance of the traditional practice of the Church, these shall be hereinafter referred to as the “First Order”, “Second Order”, and “Third Order” of the Guild.
1.5.3 FIRST ORDER The First Order of the Guild shall be restricted to the secular priesthood, diaconate and subdiaconate, and is established to cover the current most pressing need of the Church to provide the traditional Mass and Sacraments as extensively as possible. Article 5 of the Rule pertains specifically to the members of the First Order, and permits them the flexibility necessary to fulfill their vocation to help souls as effectively as possible.
1.5.4 SECOND ORDER The Second Order of the Guild shall be restricted to those religious priests, brothers and sisters who shall take monastic vows and live a communal life, and to those lay brothers and sisters who reside with them and assist closely in their work. Article 6 of the Rule pertains specifically to the members of the Second Order, and is modeled on the Rule of St. Benedict. Founded upon the Benedictine motto, Ora et Labora, their way of life shall be balanced between daily Mass and communal recitation of the Divine Office (according to the Roman Rite), and a recommended apostolate of teaching children or caring for the sick and elderly.
1.5.5 THIRD ORDER The Third Order of the Guild shall be comprised of oblates who seek to assist the Guild in its work to preserve and restore the traditional Catholic faith and liturgical worship. Oblates shall observe the Rule, and in particular Article 7, insofar as it pertains to and is in conformity with their state and duties of life. Oblates shall regard the Rule as a spiritual guideline, and are not bound by any vow or other commitment to its strict observance. Membership of the Third Order is not restricted to lay people, but is also open to priests or religious who are not members of the First and Second Order, and who do not wish to be bound to the observance of Articles 5 or 6 of the Rule.
1.5.6 ADMINISTRATIVE HIERARCHY No member of the Guild, other than the Superior General, the Dean, and any other person such as shall be delegated by the Superior General upon recommendation by Chapter, shall presume any authority over any other member. Such authority is purely of an administrative nature, and no canonical obedience is owed by any member to another. The term “superior” as used elsewhere in the Rule shall be understood as having only this administrative sense.
1.6 GUILD COMMUNITIES
1.6.1 DIVISION The Guild shall have two types of community, the Mission, and the Priory.
1.6.2 MISSION The Mission shall be a house which is administered by a priest, but in which no religious community exists. The Mission Priest, hereinafter referred to as “the Chaplain,” shall be responsible for the Mission’s administration in all matters ecclesiastical, temporal and financial, providing that no provisions exist to the contrary.
1.6.3 Other provisions for the administration and governance of the Mission shall be addressed under Article 5 of the Rule.
1.6.4 PRIORY The Priory shall be a house where several priests or religious (male or female) live in religious community. The superior of this community, hereinafter referred to as “the Prior,” shall preside over the Mission’s administration in all matters ecclesiastical, temporal and financial, providing that no provisions exist to the contrary.
1.6.5 The Prior shall delegate such members of the community as are required to assist in the administration of the Priory.
1.6.6 Other provisions for the administration and governance of a religious community shall be addressed under Article 6 of the Rule.
1.6.7 CHAPLAINS AND PRIORS Each Mission Chaplain and community Prior shall be appointed by the Superior General, upon recommendation by the Dean and Chapter.
1.6.8 Each Chaplain and Prior shall be under the immediate supervision of the Dean of Chapter.
1.7 GUILD FINANCES
1.7.1 CENTRAL ACCOUNT The central financial account of the Guild shall be managed by the Board in accordance with the Bylaws.
1.7.2 MISSION AND PRIORY ACCOUNTS The financial account of each Mission and Priory shall be autonomous, and managed by its Chaplain or Prior, with the assistance if necessary of a Bursar.
1.7.3 SELF-SUSTAINING Each Mission and Priory shall be financially self-sustaining and shall not seek financial assistance from the Guild or its Board. Each Mission and Priory shall conduct such fundraising and other activities necessary to ensure that it remain financially self-sufficient.
1.7.4 BANK ACCOUNT Each Mission and Priory shall establish and maintain its own bank account.
1.7.5 FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF CLERGY Each Mission and Priory shall be responsible for the financial support of the priests, clergy and religious residing therein, and shall provide a salary to the non-religious priests.
1.7.6 OTHER TEMPORAL SUPPORT Each Mission and Priory shall provide for the housing and practical everyday needs of its clergy.
1.7.7 OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL Each Chaplain and Prior shall remind the faithful of their duty to support the community by their financial and other sacrifices.
2 THE RULE The
Rule shall be the instrument of Chapter by which it shall direct the
management of the ecclesiastical affairs and spiritual mission of the
Guild. The Rule shall be subordinate to the Bylaws, and no individual
rule contained herein shall be in conflict with the Bylaws.
2.1 OBSERVANCE OF THE RULE
2.1.1 Each Priest and Religious of the First and Second Order shall
make a promise of fidelity to the Guild and of obedience to the Rule;
familiarize themselves with the Rule;
make every effort to cultivate a love of the Rule; and
observe the Rule at all times.
2.1.2 Each Oblate shall
make a promise to reform their lives according to the spirit of the Rule;
make a promise to observe the Rule to the extent admissible by their state and duties of life;
familiarize themselves with the Rule; and
make every effort to cultivate a love
of the Rule.
2.1.3 Members of the Guild shall not obey the Rule out of servile fear.
2.1.4 Members of the Guild shall never show deliberate contempt for the Rule.
2.1.5 Members of the Guild shall make every effort to improve their conformity to the Rule after being corrected.
2.1.6 Members of the Guild shall not criticize the Rule in conversation with others, whether members of the Guild or not. They may, however, discuss a particular rule privately with their Spiritual Director, the Dean, or the appropriate Chapter representative of their Order.
2.1.7 While a transgression of the Rule is not necessarily sinful, it may be considered, if serious, habitual or obdurate, as a sign that one does not have the necessary dispositions for membership in the Guild.
2.2 AMENDMENTS TO THE RULE The Rule has been carefully drawn up to achieve the greatest possible common good. Members of the Guild shall not see the Rule as the object of frequent or whimsical modifications, either by legislation or by dispensation.
2.2.1 The Rule shall not be permanently amended except with the approval of the Superior General, after recommendation by Dean and Chapter.
2.2.2 No amendment shall be made to the Rule which would place it in conflict with the Bylaws.
2.3 DISPENSATIONS FROM THE RULE
2.3.1 Any request for a temporary or permanent dispensation from a particular rule shall be made directly to the Dean. At his discretion the Dean may grant a temporary or permanent dispensation, or refer the request to Chapter.
2.3.2 Members of the Guild shall never presume a temporary dispensation except in a case of grave and proximate necessity. A permanent dispensation from a particular rule or the Rule as a whole shall never be presumed.
2.4 INTERPRETATION OF THE RULE Chapter shall interpret the rule based on the greater glory of God, the salvation of souls, and the common good. Should the clarity of an individual rule or the interpretation of it be challenged, Chapter shall convene to consider the matter, or may refer it to the Board.
2.4.1 No interpretation of the Rule shall be made which is contrary to the letter or spirit of the Bylaws.
2.5 PENALTIES INCURRED FOR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST THE RULE Any penalties meted out for infractions of the Rule shall be corrective and instructive rather than vindictive.
2.5.1 IMPOSITION OF PENALTIES Penalties for transgressions against the Rule shall be imposed only by the Dean, or by the Prior in whose jurisdiction the infraction was committed.
2.5.2 LIGHT INFRACTIONS Penalties for light infractions shall be given with paternal charity and delicacy, and shall normally be limited to a correction.
2.5.3 SERIOUS INFRACTIONS Penalties for more serious or habitual infractions shall be proportionate to the gravity of the offence, and may include expulsion from the Guild.
2.5.4 COMPLIANCE WITH PENALTIES Upon receiving a correction or more serious penance, members of the Guild shall comply with the instructions of his superior diligently, without complaining, and in a timely fashion.
2.5.5 CONFESSORS At no time shall the Confessor of the member who has transgressed the Rule take active part in the discussion of the infraction, of any penalty for that infraction, or of the general comportment or spiritual status of that member. This applies even to the Superior General, who in such cases shall delegate his authority in the matter to another priest.
2.6 FRATERNAL CORRECTION A member of the Guild may give discreet fraternal correction to another, if need be.
2.6.1 Fraternal correction shall never be made in public.
2.6.2 In serious matters, correction shall be left to the Prior, the Dean, or the Superior General.
2.6.3 Serious infractions of the Rule shall be reported to the Prior, the Dean, or the Superior General.
2.7 THE CALENDAR The Guild Calendar is an integral part of the Rule and has the same binding force on members.
2.7.1 DIVISION OF YEAR The Year shall be divided into four periods, referred to as the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn Terms. These shall follow exactly the division of the four volumes of the Roman Breviary. Thus the Winter Term shall extend from the First Vespers of Advent Sunday until None of the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. Spring Term shall extend from the First Vespers of Quadragesima Sunday until None of the Ember Saturday in Whitsuntide. Summer Term shall extend from the First Vespers of the Feast of Trinity until None of the Saturday before the First Sunday in September. Autumn Term shall extend from the First Vespers of the First Sunday in September until None of the Saturday before Advent Sunday.
2.7.2 GUILD CALENDAR The Guild Calendar provides a list of the activities to be conducted in each Mission and Priory supplemental to the regular liturgical, devotional, and secular activities provided by the daily schedule. These activities are meant to assist the clergy in the extension of their apostolate, and to provide opportunities to arrange the life of the community around the Church’s liturgical cycle and ancient customs.
184.108.40.206 PUBLICATION OF GUILD CALENDAR The Guild Calendar shall be posted and maintained on the Guild Website (www.peteradvincula.org).
2.7.3 LOCAL CALENDARS Because of the frequent necessity to integrate the needs and resources of each Mission or Priory with the Guild Calendar, each Mission and Priory shall maintain its own separate Calendar. The establishment and maintenance of the Mission or Priory Calendar is the responsibility of the Chaplain or Prior as appropriate.
220.127.116.11 PRECEDENCE The local Mission and Priory Calendars shall take precedence over the Guild Calendar, although every effort shall be taken to maintain the integrity of the latter as far as possible. None of the activities prescribed by the Guild Calendar shall be regarded as optional, but may be omitted at the discretion of the Chaplain or Prior, or replaced with another appropriate activity.
18.104.22.168 CONFORMITY Chaplains and Priors shall consult frequently with the website to confirm that their Mission or Priory Calendar is current and in conformity with the Guild Calendar as far as possible.
22.214.171.124 PUBLICATION OF LOCAL CALENDAR The Mission or Priory Calendar for the current Term shall be posted prominently and publicly before the start of each Term, and in the weekly or monthly Mission or Priory bulletin if there is one.
2.7.4 DAILY SCHEDULE The Daily Schedule of the Mission or Priory shall be determined by each Chaplain or Prior according to necessity and resources. As such, it shall not be regulated by Article 2.7 of the Rule.
2.7.5 MONTHLY GUILD MASSES Each Mission and Priory shall offer two public monthly Masses for the Guild and its members, one for the living (known as the Missa pro Populo) and one for the dead.
2.7.6 MISSA PRO POPULO The monthly Missa pro Populo shall be offered by each priest of the Guild for the intention of the Guild, its Superior General, Dean and Chapter, Board of Directors, and all other living members and their families, for the friends, and benefactors of the Guild, and for the faithful of the Mission or Priory where the Mass is celebrated.
2.7.7 SCHEDULING OF MISSA PRO POPULO Scheduling of the Missa pro Populo shall be the responsibility of the Dean. The Missa pro Populo shall be scheduled in the Guild Calendar on the following feast days: St. Peter’s Chair at Rome (January 18), St. Peter’s Chair at Antioch (February 22), St. Joseph (March 19), Greater Litanies (April 25), St. Pius V (May 5), Ss. Peter & Paul (June 29), the Octave Day of Ss. Peter & Paul (July 6), St. Peter-in-Chains (August 1), St. Pius X (September 3), Most Holy Rosary (October 7), Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul (November 18), and at the Midnight Mass of Christmas Day (December 25). If the feast day is transferred to another day within the same month, the Missa pro Populo shall likewise be transferred. If the feast day is transferred to a day in another month, the Missa pro Populo shall be scheduled in the Calendar on another day within the same month on which the feast is normally observed.
2.7.8 MASS FOR THE DEAD The monthly Mass for the Dead shall be offered by each priest of the Guild for the intention of the deceased members and benefactors of the Guild, and for all the souls whose names have been recorded in the Bead List of the Guild of All Souls.
2.7.9 SCHEDULING OF THE MASS FOR THE DEAD Scheduling of the Mass for the Dead shall be the responsibility of the Dean. This Mass for the Dead shall be scheduled in the Guild calendar each month on the first ferial day on which a Votive Mass is permitted. It shall be celebrated as a Requiem Mass, using the texts for the Daily Requiem Mass of the Missal with the three Collects provided, and shall include the Sequence, Dies Iræ. If no ferial day permitting the celebration of a Requiem Mass occurs in a particular month, the Monthly Mass for the Dead shall be scheduled on the first day of the month on which a Votive Mass is permitted. In this latter case, the priest may celebrate either the Daily Requiem Mass in the manner described above, or the Mass of the day with the Holy Souls of the Guild as its intention.
2.7.10 SCHEDULING AMENDMENTS OF MONTHLY MASSES The Monthly Missa pro Populo and Mass for the Dead shall be said if possible on the days prescribed in the Calendar. However, each priest shall have the discretion to change the date if circumstances make it necessary or seriously inconvenient for him to do so, or where another Mass intention has been specifically requested on the same day.
2.7.11 The regulations governing the Rule, its observance, modification, interpretation and penalties, as described in Articles 2.1-2.5 above, shall equally apply to the Calendar.
3 PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY Upon entering the Guild, members shall
cultivate a firm desire to advance in the spiritual life;
resolutely work for the good of souls as their circumstances dictate and permit;
deepen their knowledge and love of the traditional liturgical rites of the Church; and
participate as fully as they can in the liturgical and
spiritual life of the Guild.
3.1 THE MEMBER’S FIRST PRIORITY The member’s ultimate priority is to give glory to God by advancing in holiness. Without this desire, all his efforts to accomplish any other good will ultimately fail. The Guild emphasizes the Sacred Liturgy as the chief means of spiritual advancement for its members.
3.2 THE MEMBER’S SECOND PRIORITY The member’s second priority is to work for the salvation of souls. Members of the Guild shall use the Sacred Liturgy as their main tool in this regard, but shall embrace any other tool available to them if they find it better adapted to a particular circumstance.
3.3 THE LITURGY 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. They shall therefore be diligent in the cultivation of their love for the Church’s liturgy, and shall endeavor to enkindle this same love among the faithful. Chief among the purposes for which the Guild was founded is to preserve and restore the Traditional Rites of the Church; viz. to sponsor and conduct the Tridentine Latin Mass and to promote the exclusive cele-bration thereof; to sponsor and conduct the traditional sacramental rites of the Church, and to promote the exclusive administration thereof; and to sponsor and maintain the traditional Divine Office and to promote the exclusive use thereof.
3.4 LITURGICAL LIFE Members of the Guild shall give priority to the public prayer life of the Church, consisting first and foremost of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and secondly of the daily recitation of the Divine Office. Members who are in major orders shall be especially diligent in saying or attending Mass and in the daily recitation of the Roman Breviary. All other “private” devotions shall be subordinate to the daily liturgical worship.
3.5 LITURGICAL RITES In joining the Guild, members of the First and Second Orders agree to the observance of the Rule. One of the most important elements of this Rule is the exclusive use of the Traditional Rites of the Church for the celebration of Mass, the admin¬istration of the Sacra¬ments, and the recitation (both in public and private) of the Divine Office. The Guild defines the Traditional Rites of the Church as “those prayers, rites and ceremonies used for the celebration of Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, and other liturgical rites found in liturgical books approved by the Holy See for use in the Roman Rite of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the year 1950.”
3.6 LITURGICAL BOOKS AND RUBRICS The rubrics of the Missale Romanum of St. Pius V, the Breviarium Romanum of St. Pius X, the Cæremoniale Episcoporum, and the decisions and decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Rites are to be followed for liturgical worship. Use of the so-called “Revised Psalter of Pius XII” is expressly forbidden to Guild members, even in private devotion. No member of the Guild shall ever, whether publicly or in private, employ the rubrics of any of the liturgical reforms instituted since the 1950s, including the revised Holy Week, or any of the other modifications authored by the liturgical reformers as stepping stones to the Novus Ordo. No dispensation shall be requested or granted in this regard for any reason.
3.7 SPECIFICATIONS The definition of Traditional Rites given above shall not be interpreted to exclude certain additions and modifications to the liturgy made after 1950 during the reign of Pope Pius XII, and which continue the spirit of the traditional liturgy of the Church. Guild members are thus specifically directed to observe the following:
n The Common of Popes
n The revised Propers for the Feast of the Assumption
n New feast days, whether in the universal or local Kalendars (eg. Queenship of Mary, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Pius X)
o Specifically forbidden, however, is the celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, the introduction of which resulted in the displacement of the traditional feast of the holy Apostles Philip & James, together with the suppression of the Solemnity and Octave of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.
3.8 LITURGICAL KALENDAR Members of the Guild shall follow the traditional Universal Kalendar of the Roman Catholic Church in conformity with the traditional rites of the Church as defined and set forth above. Members shall use the Universal Kalendar exclusively, or as modified by local feasts whether national, regional or diocesan. The Chaplain or Prior has the authority to determine this usage for his own Mission or Priory.
3.8.1 Members of the Guild shall not publicly celebrate any feast day which is not designated as a feast day in the Universal Kalendar or within the nation, region, or diocese where he is currently located. Any other feasts shall be celebrated only as votive Masses, and in accordance with the rubrics for votive Masses on days when they are permitted, and their celebration shall never be extended to the Divine Office.
3.8.2 Each Mission and Priory shall celebrate the Guild’s patronal feast day, St. Peter-in-Chains (August 1) with suitable solemnity. However, this feast day shall retain its rank of Greater Double, and the rubrics shall remain unchanged.
3.8.3 Each Mission and Priory may likewise solemnize its own patronal feast day, but shall not change the rank or rubrics of the feast.
3.8.4 FAST AND ABSTINENCE Each Mission and Priory shall abide by and publish for the faithful, the Rules of Fast and Abstinence (including Communion Fast) that were in use before Vatican II in that location.
3.8.5 The Chaplain or Prior shall not presume the authority to dispense from these Rules of Fast and Abstinence.
3.9 CONVENTUAL MASS In each Priory there shall be a daily Conventual Mass which as many as possible of the community shall attend.
3.9.1 The Conventual Mass shall be solemnized according to the rank of the Feast day and to the extent that resources permit. Special care shall be taken in the formation of altar servers and choir so that at least a Missa Cantata may be provided for the faithful on Sundays and greater feast days. On days when a High Mass or Missa Cantata is celebrated, a Low Mass shall also be made available to the faithful if resources permit.
3.9.2 The Conventual Mass shall be that of the current liturgical day, even if the occurrence of a Feria or minor Feast would otherwise permit the celebration of a Votive Mass. Exceptions shall be made for weddings at which the Nuptial Mass may be said, and for funerals and the monthly Mass for the Dead. For other urgent reasons, an exception may be granted by the Prior. Private Masses shall be exempt from this rule and shall follow the normal rubrics for the permission and celebration of Votive Masses.
3.9.3 Each Priory shall celebrate the monthly Missa pro Populo and Mass for the Dead as the Conventual Mass.
3.10 DIVINE OFFICE Next to Holy Mass, the Divine Office shall be observed by each Mission and Priory as far as resources permit.
3.10.1 The Divine Office shall always be that of the occurring liturgical day, and no exceptions shall be permitted, even in private recitation.
3.10.2 Each Mission shall provide for the public recitation of any part of the Divine Office, Little Office of Our Lady, Little Office of the Oblates, or Short Office of Oblates, according to the needs of the faithful and resources of the Mission.
3.10.3 Each Priory shall provide for the daily public recitation of the Hours of Prime (or Terce), Vespers, and Compline, each of which shall be attended by all the clergy and religious who reside there. Even in the case where the faithful are not in attendance, priests and religious shall still follow the Choir Rubrics for that Hour (for example, the lighting of candles, wearing of cassock, surplice and biretta, or religious choir habit as appropriate, the singing or recitation aloud of the text, etc.).
3.10.4 The Hours appointed for public recitation shall be published on Mission and Priory websites and weekly or monthly bulletins, and announced to the faithful at each Sunday Mass.
3.10.5 The time of recitation is at the discretion of the Prior, but care shall be taken to ensure that Prime (or Terce) is said before the Conventual Mass, Vespers in the late afternoon or early evening (before the evening meal), and Compline sometime after the evening meal.
3.10.6 In priories where Terce is recited publicly, the recitation of the Hour of None shall be substituted whenever the rubrics call for the Conventual Mass to be said after that Hour.
3.10.7 During Lent (ie. from the Saturday after Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday inclusive), Vespers shall be recited before the midday meal.
3.10.8 Wherever possible, the Office of Vespers shall be solemnized on Sundays, Doubles of the First and Second Class, and Greater Doubles that have proper psalms and antiphons.
3.10.9 In Priories where there is a religious community, all the Hours of the Divine Office shall be sung each day if resources permit.
3.10.10 Priests and clerics in major orders are reminded that their obligation to pray the breviary is traditionally binding under pain of mortal sin.
3.10.11 Dispensation from a part of the Divine Office may be presumed in case of an urgent and temporary necessity, but no permanent dispensation shall ever be presumed. Whenever possible, a dispensation in case of an urgent and temporary necessity shall be sought from the Dean, or from the Prior of the community in which the priest or cleric resides.
3.10.12 Priests shall be excused at their own discretion from the community recitation of any Hour if important pastoral duties intervene.
3.11 NON-LITURGICAL PRAYER The following non-liturgical prayers shall be recited publicly in each Priory. In a Mission, they may be recited privately.
3.11.1 THE ROSARY. The Rosary shall be said in community every day at a time determined by the Prior. To the Rosary shall be added the Sub Tuum and Litany of Our Lady during the months of May and October, the Litany and Prayer to St. Joseph during the month of March and during the Octave of his Solemnity, the Litany of the Sacred Heart during the month of June, and the psalm De Profundis during the month of November. Other prayers may be added at the discretion of the Prior.
3.11.2 THE ANGELUS. This shall be said three times a day at times determined by the Prior.
3.11.3 THE GUILD PRAYER OF RESTORATION. This shall be said in community every day. It may be said after the Rosary or at another time determined by the Prior.
3.11.4 BENEDICTION. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament shall be made available to the community and faithful every Thursday if resources permit.
3.11.5 STATIONS OF THE CROSS. The Service of Stations shall be conducted every Friday during Lent, and these may take the place of the public Rosary.
3.11.6 CHAIR OF UNITY OCTAVE. The prayers appointed for each day of the Chair of Unity Octave shall be said from January 18 to 25 inclusive, and shall either be added to the Rosary, or to the end of Mass in place of the Leonine Prayers, or recited as part of a separate service.
3.11.7 OTHER SERVICES. Other services shall be conducted as required by the Guild Calendar.
3.11.8 OTHER DEVOTIONS. Other devotions shall be conducted at the discretion of the Chaplain or Prior if requested by one or more of the lay sodalities or by a sufficient number of the faithful.
3.12 PRIVATE PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
3.12.1 Members of the Guild shall cultivate particular devotion to the Infant of Prague, and to the Saints, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, St. Michael and the holy Angels, and to our holy patrons Saints Peter and Paul, and Saint Pius X.
3.12.2 When members of the Guild are not at prayer, either liturgical or private, they shall continue to sanctify their day by offering up to God their good works and sacrifices.
3.12.3 Members of the Guild shall be diligent in obtaining indulgences for the purpose of remitting temporal punishment due to sin, and of alleviating the suffering of the souls in Purgatory.
3.12.4 Members of the Guild shall acquire for themselves a Confessor who shall also act as their Spiritual Director. This Confessor shall be a member of the Guild if one is available.
3.12.5 If a member of the Guild cannot find a Confessor who is also a member of the Guild, he shall submit the name of a substitute to a priest of the Guild for approval. Oblates, however, shall be free to use any Confessor of their choice.
4.1 THE FAITH Members
of the Guild shall cultivate a firm desire to learn more about God, not
only for the sake of their own salvation, but also in order to enlighten
the minds of men, and to become equipped to extirpate and avoid heresy
4.1.1 Members of the Guild shall strictly adhere with the assent of Faith to all the dogmas taught by the Magisterium of the Church.
4.1.2 Members of the Guild shall reject all heresies and errors condemned by the Magisterium of the Church, being especially vigilant to avoid any tendency towards the errors of modernism and liberalism, which in recent times have infected the ranks of the clergy and laity.
4.1.3 While members of the Guild are permitted to have opinions on matters yet undecided by the Magisterium of the Church, they shall nevertheless take care not to elevate those opinions into “dogmas”. They shall remain tolerant of the opinions of others, even when they firmly believe them to be erroneous, always striving to seek unity in truth through a spirit of humility.
4.2 THE CHURCH Members of the Guild shall acquiesce and adhere to the Guild’s position on the status of the Church, namely that it has failed since the Second Vatican Council to provide for the good of the Church and its people, and that it is no longer possible to recognize in the post-conciliar “Church” the infallible teaching authority it possessed before the Council. Faced with this unhappy conclusion, we find ourselves compelled, like orphaned children, to “fend for ourselves” until such time as we may once again see the light of the true Faith expressed in Rome. For the sake of the unity of the Guild and the security of its future apostolate, we cannot welcome as members anyone who holds a view in substantial variance with this position. While we believe others to be free to hold different opinions, we must determine a moral ground for ourselves so that we can act in harmony as a group with a unified purpose. The observance of such a position, however, is not to be construed as a condemnation of others who have reached different conclusions. Our priests and religious shall continue to welcome all Catholics of good faith to our Masses, our services, and our sacraments.
4.2.1 In requiring the rejection by its members of all heresies and errors condemned by the pre-conciliar Magisterium of the Church, the Guild in no way seeks to settle any questions arising from the aftermath of Vatican II. This includes the difficulty surrounding the legitimate authority of the pope and hierarchy of the post-Conciliar Church, which the Guild has no pretensions of resolving. The Guild accepts the sincerely held opinions on this matter of all Catholics, whether members of the Guild or not. Priests of the First Order, while they omit the names of the post-conciliar pope and local diocesan bishop in the Canon of the Mass, shall at no time or in any way attempt to impose the conclusions of their own conscience upon the faithful, whether on this specific question or on any other that the Guild hopes will be definitively settled after the restoration of a sound and Catholic Magisterium.
5 THE PRIEST The First Order of the Guild shall comprise those priests who wish not only to associate themselves with the work of the Guild, but also to subject themselves to its Rule.
5.1 THE PRIEST AND THE GUILD
5.1.1 THE FIRST ORDER OF THE GUILD Priests may apply for admission to any of the three Orders of the Guild. Priests applying for the Second Order (religious) and Third Order (oblates) shall refer to the paragraphs of the Rule that pertain to those Orders. The part of the Rule set out here below applies solely to Priests who wish to be members of the First Order.
5.1.2 ADMISSION TO THE FIRST ORDER No Priest shall be considered for membership without a thorough background check, thus ensuring the validity of his orders, a solid religious formation, and a history of good morals. Any Priest who wishes to represent the Guild shall willingly submit to this background check so that the Guild may provide the faithful with no cause for hesitancy in welcoming the services of the priests it sends them.
5.1.3 INDUCTION After the applicant has passed this evaluation, the Dean and Chapter shall make the final recommendation to the Superior General on the candidate’s admittance into the First Order of the Guild. Upon acceptance, the candidate for membership of the First Order shall be admitted in a special ceremony conducted by the Superior General or another Priest designated by the Superior General. This ceremony shall include a profession of fidelity to the Guild and of obedience to the Rule.
5.1.4 LIMITATIONS The profession of fidelity shall not be construed as constituting a vow or oath of obedience, and is neither irrevocable nor binding under pain of mortal sin. However, as it constitutes a deliberate resolve of the will made before God and man and confirmed by a sacred rite, it is worthy of high respect. Any command or request made by any legitimately established Guild superior is to be understood solely as fostering the administrative effectiveness of the Guild, and the Priest may at any time appeal any such command to the Superior General, the Dean, or the representative of the First Order installed in Chapter.
5.1.5 FORMATION AFTER INDUCTION Upon admittance into the Guild, if it be so recommended by Chapter and approved by the Superior General, the Priest may be assigned for a certain period to the supervision of a Prior or Mission Chaplain. During this assignment the new member shall endeavor to acquire the spirit of the Guild so he may be better able to transmit it to the faithful, and especially to the Oblates, when assigned to a Mission or Priory of his own.
5.1.6 SEMINARIANS Candidates for the priesthood who are being trained under the auspices of the Guild shall follow the Seminary Rule until their ordination to the priesthood. They shall nevertheless be admitted to the First Order of the Guild upon ordination to the subdiaconate, notwithstanding any decision to the contrary by the Seminary Rector. After their ordination to the priesthood they shall be assigned to a Mission or Priory for a period of not less than one year under the supervision of its Chaplain or Prior.
5.1.7 RENEWAL OF PROMISES Priests of the Guild shall renew their profession of fidelity and obedience on August 1, the Feast of St. Peter-in-Chains, which is the principal feast of the Guild.
5.2 THE PRIEST AND GOD
5.2.1 PENANCE AND PRAYER The Priest shall devote himself to the practice of penance and prayer, the surest foundations of religion. In particular, he shall cultivate a devotion to the liturgical forms of prayer contained in the Roman Missal and Breviary.
5.2.2 LITURGICAL PRAYER The Priest shall consider the celebration of the Mass, the supplying of the Sacraments to the faithful, and the recitation of the Divine Office as his most sacred duties. As its direct object is God, the Liturgy is to be accorded the highest priority in the Priest’s daily life, and all other activities shall be subordinated thereunto. Moreover, the Priest shall seek ways to instill a love for the Liturgy in the hearts and souls of his faithful, by providing opportunities for them to participate in the Mass and Divine Office as their circumstances permit, and by emphasizing the essential role of the Liturgy in their lives.
5.2.3 LITURGICAL RUBRICS The Priest shall observe scrupulously the rubrics of the liturgical books specified by the Rule, avoiding any deviations or contamination by the so-called liturgical reformers of the 1950s and 60s whose constant plan was to undermine the unity and sanctity of liturgical worship in the Church. Every Priest of the Guild shall be especially careful and devout in his manner of celebrating Mass, and shall take great care to follow exactly the letter and spirit of the rubrics, avoiding any personal eccentricities such as excessive speed or deliberateness in his motions, stumbling or hesitation in his pronunciation of the words, personal displays of piety, or flamboyant or otherwise singular gestures that detract from the dignity of the ceremonies and scandalize the faithful.
5.2.4 MISSA PRO POPULO AND MONTHLY MASS FOR THE DEAD The Priest shall consider his celebration of the two monthly Guild Masses as binding in justice, and shall consult the Guild Calendar diligently, in order to ensure that they are said on the prescribed days. For an appropriate reason he may reschedule them to another day in the same month. The Priest may accept a stipend for these Masses, but the absence of a stipend shall never be considered a reason for omitting their celebration.
5.2.5 PRIVATE PRAYER In accordance with the Sacred Canons, the Priest shall schedule a certain time each day for (1) mental prayer, (2) visit(s) to the Blessed Sacrament, (3) recitation of the Rosary, (4) examination of conscience, and (5) spiritual reading. In addition to these duties required by the Sacred Canons, the Priest shall also cultivate the particular devotions set out in Article 3 above.
5.3 THE PRIEST’S WAY OF LIFE The Guild shall provide the opportunity for the Priest to practice those virtues and activities that will enable him to fulfill his role as a good and holy Priest and Catholic gentleman. The Priest shall, through a spirit and practice of mortification and penance, seek to put to death in himself all inordinate attachments to the things of this world, and shall, out of a desire for spiritual perfection, renounce even certain lawful uses of these things for the greater glory of God. Hence, the Priest shall have the spirit of the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, and shall follow the traditional rules of fast and abstinence prescribed by the Church before Vatican II.
5.3.1 POVERTY The Priest shall practice the evangelical counsel of poverty by detaching himself from all distractions of the world, and while retaining private ownership of his goods, using them with a holy detachment and indifference.
5.3.2 CHASTITY The Priest shall practice the evangelical counsel of chastity by having God as the primary object of his affections. Priests living in the married state are not permitted to be members of the First Order. Only in exceptional circumstances shall the Guild consider the admission of married men to the priesthood. Recent pastoral abuses of this practice elsewhere have proven injurious to the sanctity, reputation and status of the priesthood, damaging to the Priest’s singular and pre-eminent love of God, destructive to his unmitigated and non-preferential care of all his flock, and scandalous to the faithful.
5.3.3 OBEDIENCE The Priest shall practice the evangelical counsel of obedience by cheerfully accepting the lawful commands of his superiors and by following the Rule and the Calendar to the best of his ability.
5.3.4 FAST AND ABSTINENCE The Priest 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 he is located.
5.4 COMMUNITY LIFE The Priest shall render to his neighbour all possible assistance, whether spiritual or temporal, insofar as he is thereunto obliged either in justice or in charity. Taking care to love his neighbour as himself, he shall diligently and generously seek the salvation of souls, and the peace and unity of his Mission or Priory.
5.4.1 WITH REGARD TO CLERGY AND OTHER PRIESTS
126.96.36.199 The Priest shall show respect to all other members of the Guild at all times, and particularly those who hold positions of authority within the Guild. Neither shall he fail to show respect to those non-members who do not accept his opinions or the theological positions of the Guild.
188.8.131.52 No Priest shall ever consider himself as having any authority over any other Priest of the Guild unless he shall first be appointed by the Guild to such a position of authority, and then only within the limitations specified in Article 1.5.6.
184.108.40.206 Priests shall especially respect and revere those clergy who are more advanced in age.
220.127.116.11 The Priest shall show signs of warmth and friendship to all other priests, even to those whose character and personality do not please him, and even to those who may have injured or offended him.
18.104.22.168 The Priest shall observe with all due diligence the house rules drawn up by the Prior.
22.214.171.124 The Priest shall respect the communal property of the Guild.
5.4.2 WITH REGARD TO THE LAITY
126.96.36.199 The Priest shall devote himself to the spiritual welfare of the faithful who entrust themselves to his care.
188.8.131.52 The Priest shall diligently attend to the spiritual education of the faithful, and particularly in the sacred traditions of the liturgy, that by this means they may be brought to a greater knowledge and love of the traditional Ro¬man Catholic Faith, spirituality, values and customs.
184.108.40.206 The Priest shall be conscious in the presence of the laity that he is being constantly evaluated. He shall conduct himself with the dignity and gravity, and above all the charity, politeness and good-naturedness of one who is called to the highest of vocations, that of the Priesthood.
220.127.116.11 The Priest shall strive to avoid any occasion of legitimate scandal.
18.104.22.168 The Priest shall not be miserly with his personal goods, but in the spirit of fraternal charity and almsgiving shall be sensitive to the material needs of others and help them however he can.
5.5 PERSONAL CARE AND ATTIRE
5.5.1 HEALTH The Priest shall take ordinary means to maintain his bodily health.
5.5.2 PERSONAL HYGIENE The Priest shall take ordinary means for the upkeep of his personal cleanliness and appearance. The Priest shall keep himself clean and well-groomed at all times. Beards or mustaches are not permitted, and hair shall be kept reasonably short.
5.5.3 ATTIRE The Priest shall wear the clerical attire prescribed by the Guild.
22.214.171.124 The cassock and biretta (or zucchetto) and (optional) fascia or leather belt and shoulder cape shall be worn on Guild and mission property and in its immediate vicinity, as well as in all ecclesiastical institutions. The colour of his cassock and other clerical attire shall be black, or according to his rank.
126.96.36.199 Outside the confines of the Mission or Priory, in nominally Catholic countries, the priest shall continue to wear the cassock and other ecclesiastical attire. A Roman hat may be substituted for the biretta or zucchetto.
188.8.131.52 In the United States and other countries where it was the law or local custom before Vatican II, the Priest may wear a black suit and rabat (or black clerical shirt) with Roman collar and (optional) black homburg hat.
184.108.40.206 The Priest may wear a small cross or crucifix, a miraculous medal, St. Benedict medal, or other pious object, but it must be concealed under the clothes and never ostentatious.
220.127.116.11 The Priest may wear lay clothes for certain leisure pursuits, but shall not mix lay clothes or headgear with ecclesiastical attire.
5.6.1 Priests of the First Order shall receive a salary from the Mission or Priory where they reside.
5.6.2 Priests shall receive such housing allowance from the Mission or Priory where they reside as to be able to cover their housing expenditures. Such expenditures shall be listed by the Chaplain or Prior according to the circumstances of the house.
5.6.3 No priest shall seek or receive any salary or other compensation or reimbursement from the Guild itself without the approval of the Board, which shall have full discretion in this matter.
5.6.4 Priests shall not keep Mass stipends or stole fees for their personal use, but shall transmit them to the Mission or Priory where they reside to help cover their salary and housing expenses.
5.6.5 Priests shall not accept any outside employment, except with express permission given in advance by the Superior General, and then only in the most exceptional circumstances and for a limited time.
7 THE OBLATE
7.1 The Oblates comprise the Third Order of the Guild. Lay people of either sex, as well as clerics, priests and religious, may apply to be received as Oblates of the Guild.
7.1.1 PURPOSE OF THE OBLATION The Act of Oblation made by an Oblate of 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 the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to our holy patron Saint Peter. By this act, he spiritually affiliates himself with the Guild, 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 spirit of the Guild, and the good of its missions and priories.
7.1.2 NATURE OF THE OBLATION The Oblation shall not be construed as constituting a vow or oath, and is neither irrevocable nor binding under pain of sin. However, as it constitutes a deliberate resolve of the will made before God and man and confirmed by a sacred rite, it is worthy of high respect.
7.1.3 AGE NECESSARY FOR ADMITTANCE No one under the age of fifteen shall be accepted into the Oblate Novitiate. Children under the age of fifteen may, however, be admitted as postulants.
7.1.4 APPLICATION AS POSTULANT To initiate membership in the Guild as an Oblate, the candidate shall first apply for admission as a postulant. This application shall be made using the form provided on the Guild website (www.peteradvincula.org) and shall include the Application Stipend.
7.1.5 CRITERIA FOR INVESTITURE During his period as a postulant, the candidate for the novitiate shall be evaluated by the Dean in order to ensure that he has fulfilled the criteria required for membership. These criteria shall include but not necessarily be limited to the postulant’s admission to the Guild of All Souls and the daily recitation of the Guild Prayer of Restoration. The period of postulancy may be reduced or extended at the discretion of the Dean.
7.1.6 INVESTITURE IN THE NOVITIATE After a period of about three months spent as a postulant, the candidate may be received as an oblate novice and be invested with the medal of the Guild.
7.1.7 CRITERIA FOR OBLATION During the time spent as a novice, the candidate for Oblation shall be evaluated by the Dean in order to ensure that he has fulfilled the criteria required for promotion. These shall include but not be limited to the novice’s willingness to observe the obligations incumbent upon him, as listed in Article 7.3 here below, especially the daily recitation of the Guild Prayer of Restoration, the frequent recitation of some form of liturgical prayer (at least the Short Office for Oblates), the support of the Guild through financial and other means, the supply of Mass intentions, and general willingness to cooperate with any specific requests from the priests of the Guild.
7.1.8 THE FINAL ACT OF OBLATION A year after his investiture, the Oblate Novice shall receive a final evaluation by the Dean, who shall then make a recommendation to the Superior General. If approved, he shall then be invited to make his final Act of Oblation in the presence of any priest of the Guild.
7.1.9 DELEGATION OF INVESTITURE AND OBLATION CEREMONIES The Dean may delegate any priest, secular or regular, to invest a candidate into the Novitiate or receive his final Oblation.
7.1.10 NAMES PRESERVED IN ARCHIVES The names of the Oblates shall be preserved in the archives of the Guild, so that the priests and religious of the Guild may more faithfully remember them before God, and especially at the monthly Missa pro Populo and Mass for the Dead.
7.2 CONVERSION OR REFORMATION OF THE WAY OF LIFE
7.2.1 PENANCE AND PRAYER Oblates shall especially devote themselves to the practice of penance and prayer, the surest foundations of religion.
7.2.2 NOT WORLDLY-MINDED In addition to the practice of those virtues on which the whole of the Christian life depends, that is, on 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 shall zealously strive to live according to the words of St. Paul: “Our conversation is in heaven” (Philip. 3, 20).
7.2.3 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 goods, 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 unfortunate, and offer their humble aid to pious causes.
7.2.4 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 friends to love of their Creator.
7.2.5 OBEDIENCE Oblates shall practice the evangelical counsel of obedience by following the Rule and the Calendar to the best of their ability.
7.2.6 FAST AND ABSTINENCE Oblates 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.
7.2.7 STUDY OF THE RULE Oblates shall make it a practice to read and study the Rule, and, by constantly employing the tools of the spiritual craft taught therein, shall direct all their actions towards acquiring that love which, when it is perfect, “casteth out fear” (I John 4, 18).
7.3 SPECIAL DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF OBLATES
7.3.1 PRIEST AND RELIGIOUS OBLATES Priests and Religious who join the Third Order of the Guild as Oblates are under no obligations to follow the Rule, beyond reciting the daily Prayer of Restoration and uniting their other prayers for the intentions of the Guild. They may, however, freely choose to observe any article of the Rule to the extent appropriate for their own religious status, duties of life, and any other commitments.
7.3.2 LAY OBLATES Lay Oblates shall follow the Rule to the best of their ability and according to their other duties of life and particular commitments.
7.3.3 PRAYER OF RESTORATION Oblates have a special obligation to recite daily the Guild Prayer of Restoration.
7.3.4 THE SACRED LITURGY Mindful of 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” (Article 3.3), Oblates of the Guild shall zealously cultivate a special love for the sacred liturgy, taking an active interest in all that concerns the beauty and adornment of God’s house, and lovingly participating in the preservation and celebration of the divine worship.
7.3.5 HOLY MASS Priest Oblates shall offer the Holy Sacrifice daily, and with the greatest care and devotion. Lay Oblates shall gladly assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion as often as they can. If attendance at a traditional Mass is not possible, they shall keep the Sunday holy by at least reading the texts and propers of the Mass, and by making a Spiritual Communion.
7.3.6 THE DIVINE OFFICE Oblates in major orders shall pray the Divine Office with becoming piety and devotion. Lay Oblates shall endeavour, according to their circumstances, to pray the whole or a part of the Divine Office according to the Roman rite, or at least the Little Office of Our Lady. Such participation in the official public prayer of the Church is a way of offering the highest and most acceptable form of prayer to God in the name of the Church. Liturgical prayer is highly encouraged, furthermore, as the key to fulfilling the Guild’s most cherished means of achieving her apostolate, and is a constant fount of graces and spiritual benefits, providing the Oblate with a daily source of material from Holy Scripture, the lives of the saints, papal decrees, and the writings of the fathers of the Church. The Divine Office may be offered for any intention, including thanksgiving for favours already received and in petition of new ones.
7.3.7 THE LITTLE OFFICE AND SHORT OFFICE FOR OBLATES Oblates who are unable to recite either any part of the Roman Breviary or the Little Office of Our Lady, and who do not assist at any of the Canonical Hours said in community, shall pray instead the Little Office of the Oblates. For a reasonable cause, they may replace this by the Short Office for Oblates.
7.3.8 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.
7.3.9 OTHER DEVOTIONS Oblates shall, moreover, cultivate a devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God, and pay due honour to the Angels and Saints, in particular to Saint Michael and Saint Joseph, heavenly Protectors of the Universal Church, and to our glorious patrons Saint Peter and Saint Pius X. They shall cultivate a love of the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Angelus, and the Stations of the Cross, and carry out other pious exercises as listed in Article 3.11.
7.3.10 SPECIAL INTENTIONS OF THE GUILD Oblates shall offer their prayers for their own intentions and for those of the Guild. These intentions shall include, but not necessarily be limited to the triumph of Holy Mother Church; the preservation and restoration of her traditional faith, sacraments, liturgy and spiritual values; the spread of the true religion; the extirpation of all errors, heresy and schism, especially the heresy of modernism; the conversion of those outside or separated from the Church; the repentance of sinners; the perseverance of the righteous; and the relief of the souls in Purgatory.
7.3.11 DAILY MORNING OFFERING Each morning, Oblates shall offer up to God their thoughts, words and actions of the day in honor of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the relief of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
7.3.12 DAILY EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE Each evening, Oblates shall examine their conscience as to the manner in which they have conducted their day, making an act of perfect contrition.
7.3.13 MEDITATION Each month, Oblates shall set aside at least a half hour for meditation, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament.
7.3.14 SPECIAL FEASTS FOR OBLATES Oblates shall keep holy the two feasts of the Purification (February 2) and the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin (November 21), on which we commemorate respectively the oblation of our Saviour and his Blessed Mother in the Temple; the two feasts of the two great protectors of Holy Church, St. Joseph (March 19 and the Second Wednesday after Easter) and St. Michael Archangel (May 8 and September 29); 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) whose motto was to restore all things in Christ, and who, as the valiant defender of Holy Mother Church from the modernists, is the secondary patron of the Guild. Oblates shall wear their Guild Medals during Holy Mass and the Divine Office on these feast days.
7.3.15 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 and penance.
7.3.16 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.
7.3.17 FAMILY DUTIES Oblates shall take the greatest care not to 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).
7.3.18 OBLATE WEBSITE Oblates shall make frequent visits to the Guild website at www.peteradvincula.org in order to acquaint themselves with upcoming Guild events and other news.
7.3.19 SUPPORT OF THE GUILD Oblates shall participate in the work of the Guild through financial and other means, the supply of Mass intentions, and general willingness to cooperate with any specific requests from the priests of the Guild.
7.3.20 RENEWAL OF OBLATION Oblates who have completed their novitiate and made their Act of Oblation shall renew their commitment annually on November 21, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and principal feast of the Oblates.
7.3.21 BINDING FORCE OF THE RULE Oblates shall be aware that they are not bound to observe these Statutes and Rules under pain of any sin, even venial, or under any other penalty, spiritual or temporal. The Rule is applicable to the Oblates only as a guideline for their spiritual progress. It is hoped that by maintaining the letter, and more importantly, the spirit of the Rule, Oblates will grow in their love of God, thus becoming worthier instruments that God may use in his preservation and restoration of the Church and all things holy.
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