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The Angelic Warfare Confraternity
Transcript of The Angelic Warfare Confraternity
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
Also, visit the Confraternity's group on Facebook:
"Catechesis on the Confraternity." Angelic Warfare Confraternity RSS2. 2012. Web. 04 May 2013. <http://www.angelicwarfareconfraternity.org/>. Citation