Membership

joining the Guild of All Souls

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Prayer Books


 

The Requiem Mass and Funeral Rites

$18.95 with free shipping
  • Meeting the Body at the Church
  • The Funeral Mass
  • The Absolution
  • The Burial Service
  • The Propers for the several Requiem Masses
  • Various Prayers for the Dead

This booklet will be available shortly.  Please contact us for more details.


 

Arms

The Office of the Dead

$18.95 with free shipping
  • Vespers, Matins & Lauds from the Office of the Dead
  • The Little Hours of the Dead from All Souls Day
  • The Collects of the Dead

To purchase this booklet link here to our online bookstore, Confraternity Books, for more details and to place your order.

Alternatively, the Office of the Dead is available online as part of our Breviary subscription service.  If you already have a subscription to the Breviary Online, you can access the Office of the Dead on that website.  If you do not yet have a subscription, click here to register and participate in the Church's official prayer.

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Join in our Prayers for the Dead

Membership

Membership of the Guild of All Souls is open to all Roman Catholics who wish to help the faithful departed with their prayers. Membership is required for the Priests, Religious, and Oblates of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.

Duties of Members

On joining the Guild of All Souls, members should complete the form on our website, providing their own contact information followed by an extensive list of their departed loved ones. These may be family, friends, or indeed anyone for the repose of whose souls you wish to pray. Once you have submitted this list of names, they become deceased members of the Guild of All Souls and are added to the Bead List to be kept in perpetual remembrance at the Guild's Monthly Requiem Mass.

Members are required to fulfill the following obligations:

• To say thrice daily the prayer Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen;
• To recite, once a week, the Guild Prayers for the Faithful Departed;
• To assist at a Requiem on All Souls Day, for deceased members and All Souls.

Members are further encouraged:

• To recite all or a part of the Office of the Dead;
• To recite daily the Guild Prayers for the Faithful Departed;
• To attend the Monthly Requiem Mass for deceased members of the Guild;
• To recite, at least monthly, the Litany of the Faithful Departed;
• To visit a Cemetery, at least once a year, to pray for the Faithful Departed.

Priest members are expected to celebrate a Requiem Mass monthly on a day specified by the Guild and published on our website. This Mass is to be said for the deceased members of the Guild.

Each member of the Guild of All Souls is expected to pray regularly for the Faithful Departed. To facilitate this, we provide three booklets containing the official prayers of the Church

  • Volume 1:  the Funeral Rites, Requiem Mass, Burial Service;
  • Volume 2:  Office of the Dead
  • Volume 3:  Devotional practices, Litanies, Chaplets and  other indulgenced prayers.

Each member of the Guild of All Souls is further expected to submit Mass intentions regularly for the Faithful Departed in general, or for one or more specific deceased members of the Guild. Mass intentions and stipends may be submitted to the priests of the Guild directly from our website at www.allsoulsguild.net.

Benefits of Membership

While the purpose of the Guild of All Souls is primarily to benefit the faithful departed for whom we pray, we nevertheless may be consoled by the knowledge that the graces granted for these Masses and prayers are being applied to our own loved ones who have gone before us, and who now rely on us to help them. As noted above, each priest of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula is obliged to offer a Monthly Requiem for the repose of the souls of all those inscribed in the Guild of All Souls by our Oblates and other faithful. These names comprise the traditional Bead List of the Guild of All Souls, and each monthly Requiem is offered for the benefit of all these souls.

Additionally many of the prayers provided for our members have indulgences attached, and in this we can be assured that if we recite them under the usual conditions, they will be of great benefit to those whose loss we grieve.

By praying for the dead, we give solace to our brothers and sisters of the Mystical Body who can no longer help themselves. They are, however, capable of helping us by their prayers, and we can believe that their gratitude for the prayers we offer on their behalf will encourage them to pray more fervently for us who offer them.

The financial assistance we provide with our Mass stipends not only fulfills our obligation regarding the Church's commandment to support our priests, but by doing so enables and encourages these men in their service for Christ's Church and for you the faithful who support them. There is no question that God will bless your generosity and reward you "an hundredfold" for the sacrifices you make for the members of his Church Suffering.