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 “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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
1.4.1 SUMMONS TO
CHAPTER A meeting of the Chapter may be called at any time by the
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
1.4.3 QUORUM A
quorum at any Chapter meeting shall consist of two-thirds of the Chapter
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.
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.
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
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.
The Guild shall have two types of community, the Mission, and the
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
make every effort to cultivate a love of the Rule; and
observe the Rule at all times.
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;
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
220.127.116.11 PUBLICATION OF GUILD CALENDAR
The Guild Calendar shall be posted and maintained on the Guild Website
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.
18.104.22.168 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
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
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.
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
PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY
AND SPIRITUALITY Upon entering the Guild, members shall
firm desire to advance in the spiritual life;
resolutely work for
the good of souls as their circumstances dictate and permit;
their knowledge and love of the traditional liturgical rites of the
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
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
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
3.9 CONVENTUAL MASS In each Priory there shall be a
daily Conventual Mass which as many as possible of the community shall
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
188.8.131.52 Priests shall especially respect and revere those
clergy who are more advanced in age.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 The Priest shall observe with
all due diligence the house rules drawn up by the Prior.
Priest shall respect the communal property of the Guild.
WITH REGARD TO THE LAITY
18.104.22.168 The Priest shall devote himself
to the spiritual welfare of the faithful who entrust themselves to his
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 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.
The Priest shall strive to avoid any occasion of legitimate scandal.
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.
PERSONAL CARE AND ATTIRE
5.5.1 HEALTH The Priest shall take
ordinary means to maintain his bodily health.
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.
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.
184.108.40.206 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.
220.127.116.11 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.
18.104.22.168 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.
5.6.1 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.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.