More about the Third Order of the SSPX:
|There are several Movements
and Groups associated with the SSPX as listed below:
The Knights of the Militia Immaculatae
The Militia Immaculatae was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917. Its statutes were severely modified following the Second Vatican Council, but they have since been re-established under the original statutes by Fr. Karl Stehlin, currently District Superior for the Asia District of the SSPX. Fr. Stehlin publishes an English-language newsletter for the Knights of the Immaculatae and this link shows the latest.
It is scheduled that a UK branch will be established in May of 2016 and details will appear both here and in the newsletter. In the meantime this is a preview of what is involved.
The SSPX Third Order:
1. What is the Third Order of the Society of St. Pius X?
The Third Order is the fifth family of the Society of St. Pius X. You probably know that the first family in time was the priests and seminarians. This is the most important family of the SSPX, since the latter is a "priestly society of common life without vows." The priesthood is indeed the main concern of the Society. Our faithful know of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, MN, which is one of the five major seminaries of the SSPX, a Society which now has worldwide nearly 500 priests and nearly 200 seminarians.
The second family is the sisters of the SSPX, which has over 200 hundred members, including professed, novices, and postulants.
The third family is the brothers. Presently they have about 100 members who devote themselves all over the world to supporting the priests.
The fourth family is the oblates, persons living in common with the priests, seminarians, brothers, and nuns but without taking vows.
The fifth family to come into being is the Third Order, which was founded in 1980.
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|Hostia - Eucharistic Crusade
|The Chaplain for the UK Eucharistic Crusade is Fr. Vandendaele at Bristol Priory.
St. Saviour's House
St. Agnes Avenue
Tel: 0117 977 5863
The current issue of Hostia can be viewed by clicking on the front cover above.
The Eucharistic Crusade is a powerful tool of sanctification. Through it, children learn to get in the habit of praying and doing sacrifices. However, children will do their duties in the Eucharistic Crusade well only if their parents are behind them, to stimulate them, and remind them about filling up their treasure sheet.
More details of how to enrol your children in the Eucharistic Crusade, and how to view the current month's magazine, can be found on this page of the Menzingen version of the SSPX UK District website.
League of the Kingship of Christ
Updated contact details awaited.
Guild of St. Monica
An association of prayer for the return to the fold of erring children and relatives.
Each member should recite daily the
Creed, the Our Father and the Hail Mary.
Mass is celebrated each First Sunday for the Guild Intentions.
SSPX GB DISTRICT SUPERIOR,
Saint George's House,
Wimbledon SW19 7DR
or email: district.uk @ fsspx.email
Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa of Jesus
Many have heard of this Third Order but know little about it. The Way of Perfection for the Laity by Fr Kevin ODC is an excellent book which expounds the Rule of the Third Order. It tells us that that the ideal is 'the union of the soul and God, a union more intimate than that of window and the ray, of the coal and the fire. Wondrous means: surrender of the soul to the action of God by prayer, by 'holy meditations and contemplations,' in a word, Love and its pursuit, those are the spiritual arms of the Order of Carmel.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Gerard Majella Pro-Life Rosary Group
Next Meeting: Friday May 13th 2016 at noon.
Below is a link to the Menzingen replacement for this announcement facility and it will eventually take over:
The group normally meets every second Friday at noon at the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Mattock Lane in Ealing. The rally lasts for two hours, during which time the rosary is recited in its entirety. We engage in discourses with any members of the public who wish to do so, be they customers of the clinic or otherwise. Leaflets are given out too, amongst which are the following:
The Catholic Church and Child Abuse
SPUC letter of thanks for funds raised
[website: https://www.spuc.org.uk/ ]
2. What was the occasion of the foundation of the Third Order?
For several years, a number of Catholics had been suggesting the idea. Even pressing demands for it were not uncommon. A sample letter: "Dear Father,.. often my rosary is the for the intentions of the Society of St. Pius X. In this connection, I would like to know if there exists a Third Order in the Society of St. Pius X and what its requirements are. I would like to live a more consecrated life.. .a more total gift of myself in the spirit of the Society. Is this possible? Please advise me."
The priests, therefore felt the need of providing the faithful with a means of living the evangelical ideals, of keeping Faith, Hope, and Charity in the midst of the unprecedented upheaval in the Church, and thus of finding the protection of an unassailable spiritual strength. They told Archbishop Lefebvre of their concerns and desires, and of the pressing appeals from the anguished faithful, abandoned without defence in the ruins of the structures of the Church, which formally secured and maintained their faith. The realization of the Third Order was the answer to the Archbishop.
3. What is the purpose of the Third Order?
The SSPX's Third Order is an "Order set up to secure for souls living in the world a school of sanctity." Sanctification of individuals and those for whom members of the Third Order are responsible for; such is the purpose of the Third Order. Like the old traditional Third Orders (Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan...), the SSPX's Third Order is a state of life midway between the cloister and the world, or to put it in different words, a religious Order which will penetrate into Christian homes in the midst of the world.
Do you think that it is important for someone who is able to fulfill the obligations of the Third Order to decide to become a member?
Definitely yes. Listen to this story:
St. Pius X had a deep understanding of the needs of the Church and therefore often had penetrating insights. Happening to be one day amidst a group of Cardinals, the Holy Father said to them 'What is the thing most necessary at the present time to save society?' 'Build Catholic schools', one said. 'No.' 'Multiply churches' , replied another. ' No again'. 'Increase the recruiting of the clergy' said a third. 'No, no' , replied the pope. 'What is most necessary at the present time is to have in each parish a group of lay persons at the same time virtuous, enlightened, determined, and really apostolic.'" ( Soul of the Apostolate ; Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, OCSO )
To save the world, St. Pius X counted on fervent Catholics devoting themselves to the apostolate by word and action, but above all by example.
Therefore, what is the most important thing in each of our Parishes is to have a small group of fervent souls seriously practicing the interior life. This body of elite Christians will be as the leaven and will lift up the spiritual level of the whole parish by their prayer life, by their discreet but efficacious apostolic action, but above all by their good example. The Third Order provides souls thirsting for perfection with a set of rules which can help them to attain this goal and thereby to sanctify their family and the whole mission. For instance, if ten persons in the congregation were to stay after Mass for the thanksgiving (because they are members of the Third Order), I am sure that within a few months the whole parish would be making a proper thanksgiving!
4. What is the spirit of the Third Order?
It is centred on the devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is nothing else than the Sacrifice of the Cross renewed on the altar in an unbloody manner. The members of the Third Order unite themselves to Our Lord, the Divine Victim, offering Himself up out of love for His Father and for souls. In this they find the strength that they need on the difficult path to holiness. Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows, to St. Joseph, and to St. Pius X are also present in the soul of the member of the Third Order.
5. What are the main obligations for a member of the Third Order?
Some may be called negative: for instance, habitual abstinence from television. Why? Not only because most of the shows are near occasions of sin by their indecent pictures, but also because even when not featuring sex or violence, TV remains essentially imbued with the spirit of the world. This spirit is a spirit of love of self, of pride, of comfort, of self-enjoyment, of earthly pleasure. This spirit is quite opposed to the spirit of Our Lord, which is a spirit of love for God, of humility, of sacrifice, of the Cross, of true spiritual joy. Radio and newspapers are sufficient means to keep oneself aware of the news.
6. But are there other positive obligations?
Yes, for instance morning and evening prayer, daily rosary, confession once a month. But since these obligations are common to all good Catholics, some other obligations are proper to the members of the Third Order: Fifteen minutes of mental prayer every day (or daily Mass where it is possible) and a retreat every two years ( see Retreats for a listing of dates and locations in the British District).
N.B . A monthly spiritual letter, which will eventually be available online, is included in the District Newsletter, and will keep contact with the whole family of the Third Order, and will renew the fervor of each one to be more faithful to God's grace.
7. How can I become a member of the Third Order?
Once you have read and meditated upon the Third order Rule (below), dear reader, God is expecting your generosity. God took upon Himself a body and a soul to die for you out of the excess of His love. And you, what do you do for Him? "Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us." Pray to God so that He may give you the courage to enroll yourself in the SSPX's Third Order, for the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and for the salvation of your soul and of many others! God bless you!
RULE OF THE THIRD ORDER OF THE SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X
PURPOSE OFTHE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE THIRD ORDER
The sanctification of the individual member and of those for whom members of the Third Order are responsible.
PATRON SAINT OF THE THIRD ORDER: ST. PIUS X
Sanctity today must be attained in a world which opposes it by errors and subtle heresies, introduced into all Catholic milieu under the name of Modernism.
Pope St. Pius X was beatified for courageously denouncing Modernist errors and showing an example of sanctity in the solidity of doctrine, the purity of morality, and devotion to the Eucharistic Sacrifice. This holy pope is therefore clearly the model for souls who wish to sanctify themselves in our day.
RELATIONSHIP OF THE THIRD ORDER TO THE PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X
The Third Order has been established by the Society; therefore, the chaplains of the Third Order are designated by the District Superior and approved by the Superior General.
Members of the Third Order share in the graces of the Society, gained by its priests and the merits of its members.
MEMBERS OF THE THIRD ORDER
All Catholics, priests or lay, who accept the spirit and the Rule of the Third Order, are eligible for membership. Children can be enrolled with permission of their parents, the minimum age being twelve years.
Emblems: The medal of St. Pius X and a Cross, given at the time of profession in the Third Order.
THE SPIRIT OF THE THIRD ORDER
The spirit of the Third Order is that which animates the priestly society, i.e. , the spirit of the Church, its living Faith, manifested in all of her Tradition, her infallible Magisterium, expressed and explained in the Catechism of the Council of Trent , in the Vulgate Bible, in the teaching of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, and the immemorial liturgy.
The spirit of attachment to the Roman Church, to the popes, to the bishops, the spirit of obedience to
the authorities of the Church according to their fidelity to their office, which is nothing else than to spread the Catholic Faith and the Kingdom of Our Lord.
The spirit of vigilance in regard to anything which might corrupt the Faith.
The spirit of tender and filial devotion toward the Virgin Mary - according to the spirit of St. Louis Mary Grignon de Montfort - to St. Joseph, and to St. Pius X.
The desire to rediscover the capital importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and its mysteries, and to find there the meaning and source of Christian life, a life of sacrifice and co-redemption.
STEPS IN MEMBERSHIP
1. Enrollment: A request is sent to the priest in charge of the Third Order or to the District Superior. The priest in reply sends an information sheet to be filled out. Then, if the request is granted, he sends a copy of the document for enrollment.
2. Postulancy:This lasts one year, in the course of which the fidelity of the postulant in keeping his obligations and his adherence to the spirit of the Third Order is tested.
3. Profession: The postulant, in a ceremony, makes his profession in the presence of the designated priest. He then receives the medal and crucifix and his certificate of membership in the Third Order.
1. Morning and evening prayers, such as Prime and Compline or the prayers from the Retreat Book.
2. Recitation of the Rosary.
3. Attendance at the Immemorial Mass, if possible, or fifteen minutes of meditation.
Weekly: attendance at the Immemorial Mass (and not the Novus Ordo Missae , because of the danger of acquiring a Protestant spirit).
Every two weeks (if possible, or at least once a month): the Sacrament of Penance.
Every two years: a retreat.
1. Recommended reading: The acts of St. Pius X, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, the New Testament, the Imitation of Christ, the lives of the saints. Try to spread good reading material.
2. Fasting on Ember Days, on Vigils of great feasts, on Ash Wednesday, and Holy Saturday. Abstinence on all Fridays.
3. To abstain from television and from unclean reading, and to practice sobriety.
OBLIGATIONS OF THE MARRIED
1. To observe, in a spirit of submission to Our Lord, the laws of marriage toward the goal of having a large family.To renounce absolutely all positive action toward the goal of not having children.
2. To make of the family home a sanctuary consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary where evening prayers and, if possible, the Holy Rosary are recited in the family. Liturgical life should be paramount on Sundays and Feast days. Avoid everything that could harm the souls of children; television, unclean magazines.
3. To choose truly good and traditional schools and to contribute to their establishment.
4. To be prudent in the choice of leisure activities and of vacation spots.
PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL DUTIES
1. To follow the example of the Holy Family and to pursue the duties of justice and charity, whether one be an employer or an employee.
2. To promote and defend the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to combat Liberalism and Modernism, scourges of modern times which are delivering the Church to her enemies.
The priest in charge of the Third Order in the district receives enrollments, names his assistants, and calls meeting of his council and general meetings to encourage members to remain active and vigilant in the work of their sanctification and that of others.
He will set up libraries with a librarian charged with lending books to postulants and to members.
He will publish a bulletin keeping tertiaries in touch with one another, sharing addresses, information, and the hours of meetings, religious ceremonies, days of recollection, pilgrimages, ordinations, religious professions, etc.
At meetings a collection will be taken up for the needs of the Third Order. A treasurer in charge will keep the accounts and will report them at meetings of the Council. The Council of the Third Order will decide how to use the resources at its disposal: internal expenses, help to a seminary, a school, the sick, retreat work, etc.
+Marcel Lefebvre November 1, 1980
More about the Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa of Jesus
Its motto is that of St Paul, 'Ambulate in dilectione' (walk in love). The child of Carmel 'knows only one means to reach perfection . . . Love'; nothing troubles him, nothing affrights him - nothing is wanting to him. God alone is sufficient for him. Following the beautiful programme of Sr Elizabeth of the Trinity, his life must be a continual communion, 'he awakes in Love - the whole day is lived in Love in doing the will of Good God - then, when evening comes after a dialogue of love which has never ceased in his heart, surrendering to the fire of love which consumes all his faults and infidelities, he sleeps again in love' under the gaze of Our Lady, the sweetness and glory of Carmel.'
The rule of the Discalced Carmelite Third Order is a most suitable form of life to attain this end. Of all Tertiary rules it is the nearest approach to the religious life, and although the Tertiaries of other Orders are bound to seek perfection of the Christian life, towards this end there is a definiteness and helpfulness in the Discalced Carmelite Third Order which is lacking in others. For that very reason the obligations are greater. The whole goal of the Carmelite rule is to cause people to lead interior lives, in order to foster the interior spirit, much time is given to prayer. The end, of course, is for our life to become a constant prayer. This requires retirement, of course, the Carmelite nuns are strictly contemplative and enclosed - the Tertiaries are not. Nevertheless, the tertiaries also are to be isolated from the world as far as possible. In all conversation etc., the objective must be the sanctification of the other person. Unfortunately, the value of this type of life hidden from the world is rarely understood and even more rarely appreciated. Certainly, a Carmelite Tertiary must be careful not to neglect their duties of state - in fact; tertiaries must make every effort to be a model in performing their duties. The call of perfection is for all. Therefore, Our Lord's demand for us not to be "of the world" applies to each and every one of us.
A summary of the obligations - The tertiary when received into the Discalced Carmelite Third Order will receive a brown scapular composed of two equal parts of 10 inches in length and 7 inches in width. It is to be worn at all times. The new novice will also be given a religious name at this time.A period of at least one year and one day must elapse , before the novitiate ends and the Profession ceremony takes place. The novice will at this time make a vow of Chastity and Obedience. Before Profession, the novice will make a retreat or other pious practices according to the advice of the Spiritual Director of the Third Order. It is essential that a prayerful study of the Third Order Rule is undertaken by each novice, so that they can learn the spirit, the distinctive character of the Third Order, and so become deeply convinced of the sublimity of their vocation and infused with an abiding Marian love.'
· The tertiary who is able to read will unless prevented by some reasonable cause, recite daily the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
· Each day, they will spend a half an hour in meditation. Either a quarter of an hour in the morning and a quarter of an hour in the evening, or all at one time.
· Each Wednesday, the tertiary will abstain from meat, as also the Saturdays of Advent.
· Every day, if possible , the tertiary will hear Holy Mass. He or she will receive Holy Communion regularly, at least once a week.
· Also, on the First Friday, and the principal feasts of Our Lord and Our Lady, as well as the feast of the founders and patrons of our Order.
· On the anniversary of their Profession in the Third Order of Mount Carmel.
· The Renewal of vows - the 6th of January (the Epiphany) and 14th September (The Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
· When they learn that any member of the Third Order is dangerously ill or has died.
· Once a month they will, is possible, set apart a day of recollection, and once a year, they will make the Spiritual Exercises.
· All tertiaries should never fail to make the daily examination of conscience with due care and contrition for their sins.
· Tertiaries should be exact in the observance of the Fast and abstinence prescribed by the Church, and never seek to be dispensed with grave and sufficient cause. Besides the Fast days prescribed by the Church, they shall fast using the foods and condiments permitted by the Church on ordinary fast days in their respective countries on the vigils of the following feasts:- Corpus Christi; Our Holy Father, St. John of the Cross; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; Immaculate Conception and Our Holy Mother, St. Teresa·
They will abstain from meat, besides the days prescribed by the Church on the vigils of the following feasts: The Purification; Our Holy Father, St. Elias; The Annunciation; The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; The Visitation; The feast of All saints of the Carmelite Order(14th November 2nd Class feast - those saints who have not as yet been canonized)
On the 15th November 2013, the feast of All Souls of the Carmelite Order, the tertiaries will receive Holy Communion and recite the Office for the departed members.
Fr. R. Brucciani (District Superior)
St. George's House
125 Arthur Road
London SW19 7DR