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The Angelic Warfare Confraternity

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What is a Confraternity? Why Make Such a Pact? What is the Angelic Warfare Confraternity? The Prayer to St. Thomas for Purity The Prayer of St. Thomas for Purity Why is St. Thomas Aquinas so powerful when it comes to pursuing chastity? A supernatural brotherhood, or fellowship, of men and women who make a sacred pact to pursue some good together in the Church. A Confraternity is a bond of love serving some good and holy purpose, and reflecting the communion of the Holy Trinity. Because some goods are easier to pursue TOGETHER rather than ALONE... A supernatural fellowship of men and women, bound to one another in LOVE and dedicated to pursuing and promoting CHASTITY together under the powerful patronage St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Thomas remained pure and chaste when faced with spiritual and sexual temptation in his life, being granted an awesome grace from God to remain strong in these virtues. Two angels came to him from heaven and bound a cord around his waist, saying, “On God’s behalf, we gird you with the girdle of chastity, a girdle which no attack will ever destroy.” Chosen lily of innocence, pure St. Thomas, who kept chaste the robe of baptism and became an angel in the flesh after being girded by two angels, I implore you to commend me to Jesus, the Spotless Lamb, and to Mary, the Queen of Virgins. Gentle protector of my purity, ask them that I, who wear the holy sign of your victory over the flesh, may also share your purity, and after imitating you on earth may at last come to be crowned with you among the angels. Amen. Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity, depends on the power of Your providence. Without You a mere creature can do nothing.Therefore, I beg You to defend by Your grace the chastity and purity of my body and soul. And if I have ever sensed or imagined anything that could stain my chastity and purity, blot it out, Supreme Lord of my powers, that I may advance with a pure heart in Your love and service, offering myself on the most pure altar of Your divinity all the days of my life. Amen. ~A Confraternity is an organization officially recognized by the Catholic Church~ Both heaven and earth support the pact. The Church has the authority to establish special, supernatural bonds between people on earth and Saints in heaven (traditionally known as “patronage”). Read St. Thomas' full story: http://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/about/ It is called by this title in honor of St. Thomas being girded by the angels. But the name is also appropriate because the pursuit of chastity is often a fierce struggle with the WORLD, the FLESH, and the DEVIL. The world, the flesh, and the devil all work together to DESTROY chastity. The HOLY SPIRIT, the GOOD ANGELS, and the CONFRATERNITY work together to build up chastity. Why is this Confraternity called the “Angelic Warfare”? The Confraternity began to grow in different parts of Europe in the 1400s, and was officially founded for the whole Church in 1727 by Pope Benedict XII. It is one of the ancient Confraternities of the Dominican Order. Various Saints and Blesseds, such as St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Blessed Columba Rieti and Blessed Stephana Quinzan (who actively promoted the Confraternity among women), have belonged to this Confraternity. I. Enrollment and Registration. In the enrollment ceremony, a Dominican priest confers the blessing upon the cord and medal of St. Thomas Aquinas and the person who will wear it. The name of the person enrolled and place of the enrollment ceremony goes into the official Register.

II. Wearing either the blessed cord of St. Thomas or blessed medal of St. Thomas (or both) as continuously as one reasonably can for the rest of one’s life.

III. Daily prayers for purity for oneself and all the members of the Confraternity. The daily prayers consist of two special prayers for chastity and fifteen Hail Mary’s. What are the three essential practices of the Confraternity? The cord of St. Thomas is a thin cord with fifteen knots in it and blessed by a Dominican priest. It is worn around the waist underneath one’s clothing. The medal has on one side the image of St. Thomas being girded by the angels, and on the other side it has the image of Our Lady of the Rosary. It too is blessed by a Dominican priest. It is worn like any other medal. All Confraternity members wear the blessed cord or medal as continuously as reasonably possible for the rest of their lives. The cord or medal or both are also worn while bathing and sleeping. In honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, members say fifteen Hail Mary’s with petitions for chastity, for themselves and all the members of the Confraternity, daily. Short Form of the Petitions All members are eligible to receive a plenary indulgence:

Once on the day of enrollment

Every year on the feasts of Christmas, Easter, St. Thomas (Jan. 28), the Annunciation (March 25), the Assumption of the B.V.M. (Aug. 15), and All Saints Day (Nov. 1) Yes. Some people who join the Confraternity still fall into sexual sin. But even those who fall again still feel better off for having joined. The Confraternity is NOT A MAGIC WAND. The point of joining is not to find an instant solution to sin, but to find help in GROWING IN CHASTITY OVER TIME. Available Indulgences Do some people still fall into sins against chastity after joining the Confraternity? There is no additional gravity added to sexual sin because one is a member of the Confraternity. Members make no promise to succeed at chastity. They promise only to strive for chastity. The point of the Confraternity is to assist members in their striving rather than to shame them for their failures. The Church has decreed that in no Confraternity does a person commit sin by failing to observe any of its practices. Members should wear the cord or medal and say the daily prayers more out of love for one another than out of fear of sin. 1. For our social and cultural climate.

2. For our relationships.

3. For modesty in dress and movements.

4. For our five senses.

5. For our sensuality.

6. For our imagination.

7. For our memory.

8. For our power of estimation.

9. For our affectivity.

10. For our intellect.

11. For our will.

12. For our conscience.

13. For our hearts.

14. For self-surrender.

15. For love. The Angelic Warfare Confraternity An Apostolate of the Dominican Friars Members use their common sense and prudence. Sometimes, there are circumstances that require one to remove the cord or medal, e.g. during surgery, during athletic events, perhaps during intimate moments in marriage, etc.. When such circumstances pass, the members put the cord or medal back on.




Experience reveals the advantages of wearing the blessed cord or medal as continuously as possible. Membership in the Confraternity is limited to those who are Baptized, Confirmed, and in full communion with the Catholic Church. Acknowledging that we share a great deal with our separated brothers and sisters in Christ, those Christians who are not Catholics are welcome to join us in receiving the blessing, wearing the blessed cord and medal, and saying the daily prayers.

However, their names cannot be inscribed in the Register as official members. Can Non-Catholic Christians Join the Confraternity? To learn more about the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, visit the Confraternity website at

http://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/

Also, visit the Confraternity's group on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/
"Catechesis on the Confraternity." Angelic Warfare Confraternity RSS2. 2012. Web. 04 May 2013. <http://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/>. Citation
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