The Rosary Confraternity
St John Vianney said, “If anyone has the happiness of being in the Confraternity of the Rosary, he has in all corners of the world brothers and sisters who pray for him.”
To join the Confraternity, one must be a baptised Catholic and voluntarily undertake the obligations of membership in a spirit of genuine devotion. The dead may not be enrolled.
- The special protection of the Most Holy Mother of God;
- A share during life, and even after death, in all the good works and prayers of the members of the Confraternity;
- A share in the prayers, Masses, and apostolic works of the entire Dominican Order;
- The intercession of the entire heavenly court;
- An immense treasure of indulgences, applicable to oneself or to the souls in purgatory.
- Members undertake to pray the complete Rosary every week.The weekly Rosary to be prayed by members comprises the 15 mysteries (Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious), piously believed to have been given by Our Lady to St Dominic. Failure to complete this obligation does not constitute a sin.(The Luminous Mysteries, proposed and recommended by Saint John Paul II, are neither obligatory nor an essential requirement to reap the spiritual benefits of the Confraternity.)
- Members must be officially enrolled in the Confraternity by having their names inscribed in the Confraternity’s register.
- Members are required to pray for the intentions of their fellow members, both living and dead. This last obligation may be fulfilled by praying the Confraternity Prayer.
- For members of the Rosary 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.
- 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.
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