Our Lady's Promise Confraternity

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 "Perform the work of an evangelist" 

2 Tim 4:5

Our Lady's Promise Confraternity

Our Lady's Promise Confraternity is a Catholic spiritual association, the members of which strive to:

  • Pray the Holy Rosary daily;

  • Wear the Holy Scapular daily; and,

  • To Evangelize the Catholic Faith by "Living the Gospel Life," in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

Members of Our Lady's Promise Confraternity form a union with other faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them.



"Preach the Gospel always- and, if necessary, use words."
St. Francis of
Assisi
CONFRATERNITY OBLIGATIONS


Each member strives to pray the twenty mysteries of the Holy Rosary each week;

Constantly wear a Brown Wool Scapular and Pray the Scapular Devotional Offering Prayer each morning; and,

Evangelize the Catholic Faith by, "Preaching the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words."

Membership in the Confraternity does not bind failure to complete any of the obligations under the pain of sin. 

Members must have his/her name inscribed in the register of the Confraternity.

There are no meetings and no dues.

CONFRATERNITY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
  •     The special protection of the mother of God.
  •     A share in the prayer of countless thousands of members the world over, and this even after death!
  •     A share in the prayers, masses and apostolic works of the entire Franciscan family.
  •     The intercession of the entire heavenly court.
  •     Various plenary and partial indulgences.
  •     Free access to a special Members Only section of this website.
  •     A beautiful personalized PDF membership certificate suitable for framing.
  •     Monthly e-mail issues of the Our Lady's Promise newsletter is sent to those members who wish it. Its purpose is to provide sound doctrine and spiritual guidance for readers everywhere.
Fifteen Promises of Our Lady to Christians who Recite the Rosary

1.  Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces.

2.  I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.

3.  The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

4.  It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!

5.  The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall not perish.

6.  Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.

7.  Whoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

8.  Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.

9.  I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary
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10.  The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.

11.  You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.

12.  All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

13.  I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.

14.  All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.

15.  Devotion to my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

INDULGENCES IN GENERAL


    An indulgence is the cancellation of temporal punishment due for sin, when the sin's guilt has already been pardoned.

    An indulgence is partial if it frees the Christian partially from the temporal punishment due for his sins, plenary if it frees him wholly.

    Both partial and plenary indulgences can always be applied to the dead, but only by way of suffrage.

    Since the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul VI on Indulgences, a partial indulgence is no longer expressed in reference to time, i.e. days or years.

    A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day, except by those on the threshold of death.

    To gain a plenary indulgence the person must perform the indulgenced act, and satisfy these conditions: Sacramental Confession, Holy Communion, prayer for the Pope's intention, and freedom from all attachment to sin, even venial sin. If this detachment is not present, or if any of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence is partial.


ROSARY INDULGENCES

    For members of the Confraternity, a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, is granted:

        On the day of enrollment. (When application is made, a certificate of membership is sent, indicating the day of the enrollment.)

        On the following feast days: Christmas, Easter, Annunciation, Purification, Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary, and Immaculate Conception.

         For those who pray the Rosary, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions, when the Rosary is prayed in Church, or in a Public Oratory, in a family (family Rosary), Religious Community, or Pious Association. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted.

The Sabbatine Privilege

The Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel has promised to save those who wear the scapular from the fires of hell; She will also shorten their stay in purgatory if they should pass from this world still owing some debt of punishment.

This promise was delivered to Pope John XXII. The Blessed Virgin appeared to him and, speaking of those who wear the Brown Scapular, said, “I, the Mother of Grace, shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever I shall find in purgatory I shall free so that I may lead them to the holy mountain of life everlasting.”

Our Lady assigned certain conditions which must be fulfilled:

1) Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.

2) Observe chastity according to one's state in life.

3) Recite daily the "Little Office of the Blessed Virgin;"or,

3a) Observe the required fast of the Church as well as abstaining for meat on Wednesday and Saturday; or,

3b) Recite the Rosary daily; or,

3c) With permission, substitute some other good work.


Pope Benedict XV, the celebrated World War I Pontiff, granted 500 days indulgence for devoutly kissing your scapular.

 

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The San Damiano Crucifix pictured above is the crucifix of conversion. About the year 1205, Saint Francis of Assisi prayed repeatedly before this Crucifix, "Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my mind, give me right faith, a firm hope and perfect charity, so that I may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen." From this crucifix, the Holy Spirit gave Saint Francis his mission, "Go and repair My House which, as you can see, is falling into ruin." The Confraternity of Our Lady's Promise has made Francis' prayer and mission their own. The San Damiano Crucifix is the Confraternity's symbol.