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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 ( 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).


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.


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.


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).

Become an Oblate and Pray With the Guild


The Roman Breviary Online is published by The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, a community of Catholic priests and laymen dedicated to maintaining and restoring the traditional Catholic faith Guild Armsand worship to the Church.

Check the link below for more information about the Guild.

  • The Guild's Apostolate and Missions
  • The Guild's Directors and Clergy
  • The Guild's Rule and Calendar
  • The Guild's Bookstore and Publications

It is now a historical fact that the modernists infiltrated the Church by means of her liturgy, using it to institute a series of reforms that led to the ultimate apostasy we know today.  For this reason, the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula recognizes the liturgy to be the means by which we may restore not only the true Mass and Sacraments but the very Faith that is reflected by her traditional form of worship, as per the Latin axiom Lex orandi, lex credendi - "the law of praying is the law of believing."

Check the link below for a brief history of the modernist reforms and the importance of the Guild's work to restore the liturgy to her pristine form.

  • The Importance of Restoring the Liturgy
  • The Bugnini Reforms under Pius XII. John XXIII and Paul VI
  • The Guild's Restoration of the pre-Bugnini Liturgy
Learn about the Restoration of the Traditional Liturgy

The Oblates of the Guild assist the Guild in its work to preserve and restore the traditional Catholic faith and liturgical worship.  They follow the Guild Rule, but have the ability to adapt it to their own state and duties of life, using the Rule as a guideline to reform their life to the extent they are able, while reaping the benefits the Guild has to offer.

Check the link below for more information :about the Guild and its Oblates:

  • The Purpose and Nature of the Oblation
  • The Postulancy and Novitiate
  • The Oblate's Way of Life
  • The Daily Requirements of the Oblate
Learn More About the Oblates

If you want to become a part of the movement to restore the Church, you can help us by joining the Guild as an Oblate.  At the link below you will find a registration form, which you can submit electronically.  In return for a small fee to cover our costs, you will receive by mail a copy of the Guild Handbook for Oblates and a Guild Medal, which you are asked to wear at Mass and Divine Office on certain days of the year prescribed by the Rule.

Click on the link below and submit your registration form:

  • Complete the Registration Form
  • Submit the Registration Form
  • Receive the Guild Handbook and Medal
  • Start your Three-Month Postulancy
Click here to Register as an Oblate

Once you've received your Guild Handbook for Oblates, the next obvious step is to read it.  Become familiar above all with the Rule of the Guild, especially the section that pertains to the Oblates.  In it, you will find a blueprint for a way of life, that, if you follow it, will lead you to a closer relationship with God.  As you read, you should start determining how much of the Rule you are able to observe, according to your state of life and current duties of life.  The two mistakes you can make here are by either biting off more than you chew, or failing to take on the spiritual challenge that God inspires you to accept.

Check the link below if you'd like to get a head start on the Rule:

  • Read the Rule
  • Familiarize Yourself Especially with the Section for Oblates
  • Start Saying the Daily Prayer of Restoration
  • Submit your List of Departed Loved Ones to the Guild of All Souls
  • Prepare your Decision on which parts of the Rule you will Observe
Click here to Read the Guild Rule

One of the precepts of the Rule that must be followed is the adoption of some form of liturgical prayer.  The Divine Office as contained in the Roman Breviary is the most perfect form of liturgical prayer after the Mass itself.  We therefore storngly recommend that Oblates recite either the whole or a part of the Divine Office.  We have made this very easy for lay people to do by providing the Office in an easy-to-read format online.  No previous knowledge of Latin or Rubrics is needed.  Oblates may learn more about the Breviary elsewhere on this website, and may even view an online demo of our site.  If you think you would like to say any of the Roman Breviary as part of your duties as an Oblate, you should now subscribe to our Breviary Online website.

Click on the link below to register for the Breviary Online and start your subscription.

  • First and foremost, attend the traditional Mass exclusively and as often as you can
  • View the online demo of our website
  • Subscribe to the Breviary Online
Click here to Subscribe to the Breviary Online

After reviewing the Breviary Online, if you decide you would prefer one of the alternative forms of liturgical prayer suggested in the Rule, you should then review the other options so you are in a position to make an informed decision.  After the Roman Breviary, the other form of liturgy approved by the Church is the Little Office of Our Lady.

Check the link below to learn more about the Little Office of Our Lady.

  • Read about the Little Office
  • Buy a copy of the Little Office
  • Review the Little Office
Click here to learn more about the Little Office

For those who prefer a complete form of liturgical prayer, but don't have time for anything other than an abbreviated format, the Guild provides two Offices of different length, the Little Office, and the Short Office of St. Peter ad Vincula.

Check the link below for more information on the Offices of the Guild.

  • Read about the Offices of the Guild
  • Check the Little Office and the Short Office in your Handbook
  • Evaluate your time and choose the most appropriate form of Office for you
Click here to learn more about the Offices of the Guild

Once you've made your choice as to which form of liturgical prayer you're most comfortable with, start praying your Office on a daily basis.  It might seem like a chore at first, but very soon you'll form the habit of setting aside the times, and will begin to schedule your day around a regular prayer life.  Not only that, but the more times you pray it daily, the more your day will be sanctified and you will start reaping the benefits of regular visits with God.  If, after a time, you genuinely feel you need to change the type of Office you are saying, or wish to add a little more, or say a little less, you may do so without any permission from the Guild.

Check the link below for information on scheduling the Divine Office.

  • Choose which Office you will say
  • Schedule your day around the Office
  • Form the habit of saying the Office daily
  • Persevere!
Click here to schedule your prayer life

The Guild of All Souls

It is expected of every Oblate that he or she will submit the list of their departed loved ones to the Guild of All Souls, a lay sodality who, as the name implies, has a particular devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, offering their prayers and penances for the mitigation and shortening of their suffering.  A Requiem Mass for those whose names are submitted  is offered very month by the priests of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.

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Liturgical Prayer

The Divine Office

Oblates are above all encouraged to recite all or part of the Roman Divine Office daily.

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The Little Office of Our Lady

Oblates may substitute the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of their daily commitment to liturgical prayer.

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The Office of St. Peter ad Vincula

Oblates with a heavier daily schedule may recite the Little Office or Short Office of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.

The Prayer of Restoration

To be said daily by each Oblate

Almighty and Everlasting God, we beseech thee to restore unto this world of sin that faith which St. Peter thy first Pope and Prince of the Apostles did once humbly confess; and commit once more, through thine infinite mercy, the government of thy Church unto a worthy Vicar of thy Son; that he may be bestowed with such increase of all virtues as may be pleasing in thy sight; and that being so adorned, he may lift from the Church and from all nations the heavy weight of heresy that presseth down upon us; and rendering Christendom once more acceptable in thy sight, may bring at length all nations to render due homage at the feet of their divine King, even Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  Amen.

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