The Guild and Its Government
2. The Rule and the Calendar
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
THE GUILD AND ITS GOVERNMENT
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
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 Dean and Chapter 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.
LIMITATIONS OF THE ROLE OF SUPERIORS Because of the current crisis in
the Church, the superiors of the Guild have no legal or canonical
authority over Guild members, who promise compliance only to the Rule.
1.3 THE DEAN
1.3.1 PRIMARY ROLE The primary role of the Dean of
Chapter (hereinafter referred to as “the Dean”) shall be to administer
the business of Chapter and evaluate its recommendations for his assent
or for further discussion.
1.3.2 SECONDARY ROLES The secondary roles
of the Dean are to:
• Represent the Guild in any ecclesiastical
matter, if so requested by the Board or Chapter;
• Supervise the
recruitment of new First Order members;
• Supervise the fair
representation by Chapter of the three Orders of the Guild;
or deny requests for outside employment by members of the First Order.
1.3.3 RATIFICATION PROCEDURE After Chapter has convened to discuss the
establishment or modification of any ecclesiastical policy of the Guild,
the Secretary shall present their official recommendation(s) to the Dean
1.3.4 APPROVAL OF CHAPTER RECOMMENDATIONS The Dean
may ratify with or without comment any recommendation made to him by
1.3.5 OPPOSITION TO CHAPTER RECOMMENDATIONS The Dean 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
Chapter, who shall then reconsider their recommendation in light of the
Dean’s suggestions. If no agreement can be reached, the matter shall be
adjudicated by the Board.
1.4 THE CHAPTER
1.4.1 CHAPTER In matters
exclusively ecclesiastical, the Guild shall be administered by a Chapter
under the managerial authority of the Dean. In such matters, it is the
sole responsibility of Chapter to recommend actions or policy in the
name of the Guild. Chapter shall make its recommendations to the Dean,
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.
1.4.2 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.
1.4.3 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
1.4.4 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.
1.4.5 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.
1.4.6 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.
1.4.7 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.
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.
1.5.1 CALL TO CHAPTER A meeting of the Chapter may be called
at any time by the Dean or the Board of Directors to review and discuss
ecclesiastical issues affecting the common good of the Guild.
RESOLUTION OF ECCLESIASTICAL QUESTIONS Issues reviewed by Chapter shall
be resolved either by ratification of Chapter’s recommendation by the
Dean, or by the judgment of the Board if its intervention is required.
1.5.3 CHAPTER MEMBERS Attendees at Chapter is restricted to Chapter
members. However, non-Chapter members may be invited by the Dean.
Non-Chapter members shall have no voting rights.
1.5.4 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.
1.5.5 QUORUM A quorum at any
Chapter meeting shall consist of two-thirds of the Chapter members.
1.5.6 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
1.5.7 VOTING At a Chapter meeting every Member present,
including the Dean, 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 Dean for ratification.
AT MEETINGS All meetings shall be conducted in an orderly and fair
manner guided by the latest edition of Sturgis Standard Code of
Parliamentary Procedure, notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary.
1.6 GUILD ORGANIZATION
1.6.1 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.
1.6.2 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.
1.6.3 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.
1.6.4 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.
1.6.5 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.
1.6.6 ADMINISTRATIVE HIERARCHY No member of the Guild, other than the
Dean and any other person such as shall be delegated by him 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 only in
this administrative sense.
1.7 GUILD COMMUNITIES
The Guild shall have two types of community, the Mission, and the
1.7.2 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
already exist to the contrary.
1.7.3 Other provisions for the
administration and governance of the Mission shall be addressed under
Article 5 of the Rule.
1.7.4 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 already exist to the contrary.
1.7.5 The Prior shall
delegate such members of the community as are required to assist in the
administration of the Priory.
1.7.6 Other provisions for the
administration and governance of a religious community shall be
addressed under Article 6 of the Rule.
1.7.7 CHAPLAINS AND PRIORS
Each Mission Chaplain and community Prior shall be appointed by the Dean
upon recommendation by Chapter.
1.7.8 Each Chaplain and Prior shall
be under the immediate supervision of the Dean of Chapter.
1.8.1 CENTRAL ACCOUNT The central financial account of the
Guild shall be managed by the Board in accordance with the Bylaws.
1.8.2 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.
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 conduct such fundraising and other activities
necessary to ensure that it remain financially self-sufficient.
BANK ACCOUNT Each Mission and Priory shall establish and maintain its
own bank account.
1.8.5 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
1.8.6 OTHER TEMPORAL SUPPORT Each Mission and
Priory shall provide for the housing and practical everyday needs of its
1.8.7 OBLIGATION OF FAITHFUL Each Chaplain and Prior shall
remind the faithful of their duty to support the community by their
financial and other sacrifices.
THE RULE AND THE CALENDAR
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
Each Priest and Religious of the First and Second Order shall
a promise of fidelity to the Guild and of obedience to the Rule;
familiarize themselves with the Rule;
n make every effort to
cultivate a love of the Rule; and
n observe the Rule at all times.
2.1.2 Each Oblate shall
n make a promise to reform their lives
according to the spirit of the Rule;
n make a promise to observe the
Rule to the extent admissible by their state and duties of life;
familiarize themselves with the Rule; and
n 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
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 Dean, after
recommendation by Chapter.
2.2.2 No amendment shall be made to the
Rule which would place it in conflict with the Bylaws.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 equally to
the Dean who in such cases shall delegate his authority in the matter to
2.6 FRATERNAL CORRECTION A member of the Guild may
give discreet fraternal correction to another, if need be.
Fraternal correction shall never be made in public.
2.6.2 In serious
matters, correction shall be left to the Prior or the Dean.
Serious infractions of the Rule shall be reported to the Prior or the
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 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.
220.127.116.11 PUBLICATION OF GUILD CALENDAR The Guild Calendar shall be posted
and maintained on the Guild Website (www.gspav.org).
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.
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.
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.
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.
2.7.3 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.
2.7.4 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.
2.7.5 MISSA PRO POPULO The monthly Missa pro Populo shall be offered by
each priest of the Guild for the intention of the Guild, its Dean and
Chapter, Board of Directors, Oblates and any other living members and
their families, for the friends, and benefactors of the Guild, and for
the faithful of the Guild’s Missions and Priories.
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.
2.7.7 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.
2.7.8 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
2.7.9 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.
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.
PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY
3 PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY Upon entering the
Guild, members shall
n cultivate a firm desire to advance in the
n resolutely work for the good of souls as their
circumstances dictate and permit;
n deepen their knowledge and love
of the traditional liturgical rites of the Church; and
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.
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:
The Common of Popes
n The revised Propers for the Feast of the
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.
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.
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
3.8.3 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. 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.The Chaplain or Prior shall not
presume the authority to dispense from these Rules of Fast and
3.8.5 CONVENTUAL MASS In each Priory there shall be a
daily Conventual Mass which as many as possible of the community shall
3.8.6 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.
3.8.7 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.
3.8.8 Each Priory
shall celebrate the monthly Missa pro Populo and Mass for the Dead as
the Conventual Mass.
3.9 DIVINE OFFICE Next to Holy Mass, the Divine
Office shall be observed by each Mission and Priory as far as resources
3.9.1 The Divine Office shall always be that of the
occurring liturgical day, and no exceptions shall be permitted, even in
3.9.2 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.
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,
3.9.4 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. 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. 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.
3.9.5 During Lent (ie. from the Saturday after Ash
Wednesday until Holy Saturday inclusive), Vespers shall be recited
before the midday meal.
3.9.6 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.
3.9.7 In Priories where there is a religious community, all the Hours of
the Divine Office shall be sung each day if resources permit.
Priests and clerics in major orders are reminded that their obligation
to pray the breviary is traditionally binding under pain of mortal sin.
3.9.9 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.
3.9.10 Priests shall be excused at their own discretion from the
community recitation of any Hour if important pastoral duties intervene.
3.10 NON-LITURGICAL PRAYER The following non-liturgical prayers shall be
recited publicly in each Priory. In a Mission, they may be recited
3.10.1 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.
3.10.2 THE ANGELUS. This shall be said three times a day at times
determined by the Prior.
3.10.3 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.
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament shall be made available to the
community and faithful every Thursday if resources permit.
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.
3.10.6 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.
OTHER SERVICES. Other services shall be conducted as required by the
3.10.8 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.
3.11 PRIVATE PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
3.11.1 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.
3.11.2 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.
3.11.3 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.
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.
3.11.5 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.
FAITH AND THE CHURCH
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 and error.
Members of the Guild shall strictly adhere with the assent of Faith to
all the dogmas taught by the Magisterium of the Church.
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.
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
4.1.4 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.
4.1.5 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 that Catholics, including
members of the Guild, may have sincerely held opinions on this matter
which are in conflict with the conclusions of others. 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.
THE FIRST ORDER OF THE GUILD
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
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 Once the
applicant has passed the background check, his application to the First
Order shall be reviewed by Chapter before being recommended to the Dean
for approval. Upon acceptance, the candidate for membership of the First
Order shall be admitted in a special ceremony conducted by the Dean or
another Priest designated by the Dean. 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.
5.1.5 FORMATION AFTER
INDUCTION Upon admittance into the Guild, if it be so recommended by
Chapter and approved by the Dean, 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
5.1.6 REMOVAL FROM THE FIRST ORDER The consideration of removal
of a member of the First Order shall be reviewed by Chapter. A majority
vote shall determine if the First Order member shall be recommended for
removal from the First Order. This Chapter recommendation may contain
further proposals regarding the process by which the removal shall be
made. Approval of the recommendation by the Dean shall be deemed to
include assent to all the proposals contained therein.
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 be admitted to the First Order
of the Guild upon ordination to the subdiaconate. 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
5.1.8 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.
PRIEST AND OBEDIENCE
5.2.1 SUPERIORS First Order members shall not
be bound by canonical obedience to follow the directives of the Dean or
other superiors of the Guild. 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 such directives to any Chapter member or directly
to the Dean. Should serious conflict of opinion or divergence of actions
arise, Chapter shall act as the arbitrator, and after reviewing the
situation shall make appropriate recommendations to the Dean. In
exceptional cases, the Board may be called upon by the Dean of Chapter
to act as adjudicator, and shall have full authority to resolve the
5.2.2 THE RULE First Order members shall promise full
compliance to the Rule, including all resolutions recommended by Chapter
and approved by the Dean. First Order members shall not interpret any
paragraph of the Rule, but shall consult the Dean, who may seek on their
behalf an official interpretation by Chapter, which is the sole and
authentic interpreter of the Rule. Any request for permanent
dispensation from any paragraph of the Rule shall be made in writing to
the Dean. Requests for temporary or one-time dispensations may be made
verbally to the Dean or to the priest’s immediate superior.
BYLAWS First Order members shall fully comply at all times with the
Bylaws, with which they should familiarize themselves, and with all
resolutions published by the Board. First Order members shall not
interpret any Bylaw of the Guild, but shall consult the Dean, who may
seek on their behalf an official interpretation by the Board, which is
the sole and authentic interpreter of the Bylaws.
5.3 THE PRIEST AND
5.3.1 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.
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
5.3.3 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.
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.
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.
5.4 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.
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.
5.4.2 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.
5.4.3 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.
5.4.4 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
5.5 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.
5.5.1 WITH REGARD TO CLERGY AND OTHER PRIESTS
18.104.22.168 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.
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 Priests shall
especially respect and revere those clergy who are more advanced in age.
188.8.131.52 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.
184.108.40.206 The Priest shall observe with all due diligence the house rules
drawn up by the Prior.
220.127.116.11 The Priest shall respect the communal
property of the Guild.
5.5.2 WITH REGARD TO THE LAITY
Priest shall devote himself to the spiritual welfare of the faithful who
entrust themselves to his care.
18.104.22.168 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.
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 The Priest shall strive to avoid any occasion of legitimate
188.8.131.52 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.
5.6 PERSONAL CARE AND ATTIRE
5.6.1 HEALTH The Priest shall take
ordinary means to maintain his bodily health.
5.6.2 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.
5.6.3 ATTIRE The Priest shall
wear the clerical attire prescribed by the Guild.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 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.
18.104.22.168 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.
22.214.171.124 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.
Priest may wear lay clothes for certain leisure pursuits, but shall not
mix lay clothes or headgear with ecclesiastical attire.
5.7.1 Priests of the First Order shall receive a salary from the Mission
or Priory where they reside.
5.7.2 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
5.7.3 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.
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.
5.7.5 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.
THE SECOND ORDER OF THE GUILD
6 THE SECOND ORDER HAS YET TO BE ESTABLISHED. APPROPRIATE ARTICLES OF
THE RULE SHALL BE PUBLISHED AT THAT TIME.
6.1 The members of each
religious community shall dedicate themselves to the teaching of the
sick or the care of the sick and elderly. However, the Prior of each
religious community shall have the opportunity to request Chapter to
consider any other apostolate that he considers more appropriate.
THE THIRD ORDER OF THE GUILD
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.
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
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.
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.gspav.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. If approved, he shall then be invited to
make his final Act of Oblation in the presence of any priest of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAY OBLATES Lay Oblates shall follow the Rule to the best of their
ability and according to their other duties of life and particular
7.3.3 PRAYER OF RESTORATION Oblates have a special
obligation to recite daily the Guild Prayer of Restoration.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
OBLATE WEBSITE Oblates shall make frequent visits to the Guild website
at www.gspav.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.
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, that, by maintaining the letter,
and more importantly, the spirit of the Rule, they will grow in their
love of God, thus becoming worthier instruments for Him to use in His
preservation and restoration of the Church and all things holy.