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Oblates of the Guild

Excerpts from the Rule regarding the Third Order

Oblates of the Guild

The Third Order of the Guild is comprised of oblates of either sex who seek to assist the Guild in its work to preserve and restore the traditional Catholic faith and liturgical worship.  Oblates bind themselves to observe the Rule, only insofar as it pertains to and is in conformity with their state and duties of life.  Oblates are meant to 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, neither wish to be bound to the observance of those paragraphs of the Rule which pertain to the First and Second Order.

The Oblation

 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.

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.

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.peteradvincula.org) and shall include the Application Stipend.

 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.

 Investiture into 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, 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.

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.

Delegration 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 Oblate's Way of Life

Penance and Prayer

Oblates shall especially devote themselves to the practice of penance and prayer, the surest foundations of religion.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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