THE ALL SOULS GUILD

“ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD.
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM. AMEN.”

The All Souls Guild also known as the Lazarus Society is a Traditional Sarum Ministry under the auspices of the Anglican Independent Communion – Original Province The Guild/Society was duly and canonically established by Apostolic Mandate on the Feast of All Souls (November 2) 2009. We have no connection with any similar Guild/Society or Association presently active in any branch of the Historic Christian/Catholic Church.

The main objective of the All Souls Guild/Lazarus Society is to foster and promote the teaching of MATER ORTHODOXA ECCLESIA ANGLICANA in regard to the Faithful Departed. We do this by offering special Prayers in our Ministry to the Dying remaining with them as they finish their earthly journey and Repose in the Lord. It is our firm purpose and intention to carry out this “Liturgia of Ministry” without the extremes and superstitious fables put forth by the Bishop of Rome in the Dark Ages as well as to avoid the errors and omissions of the Sixteenth Century Non-Conformists and Sectarians. We resolve deep within to perform this Ministry of Mercy; Decently, Orderly, with Compassion, Dignity and to offer worship (on behalf of our members) to the Almighty “in Spirit and Truth”.

This important aspect of our Christian teaching and Devotional life has been with us from time immemorial. The early Church drew not only upon the examples from the Apostolic Age; but reached back to the Old Testament to fully illustrate the principle of the “Communion of Saints” as expressed in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. In order to fully bring our Ministry to the Dying/Departed to fruition, (1) we administer the Sacrament of Holy Unction (simple or Extreme) as the particular need arises; (2) by the Celebration of the Traditional Sarum Rite of Christian Burial and (3) in offering (for our dearly departed) the Requiem Eucharist or Requiem Mass as it is most commonly called. In accordance with ancient Custom and Rubrics prescribed by the Church, the Sacrament of Unction will be administered by the Priest or Bishop wearing a Purple Stole. All Requiem/Memorial Liturgies will be celebrated wearing Traditional Black Vestments. There are no exceptions with regard to Vestment color, except in the case of Funerals for young children. In such cases White Vestments will be used.

Our heartfelt desire is that our witness and “Liturgia” of this most important (often overlooked or misunderstood) aspect of our Anglican Faith and Ethos will lead others to a proper appreciation and understanding of the doctrine of the “Communion of Saints”. We also endeavor to emphasize and return the Church teaching of the “Resurrection of the Dead” (as stated in the Creeds) to its place in the devotional life of our members and those who are making inquiries about joining with us.

The raising of Lazarus from the dead (St. John 11) by our Blessed Lord, clearly illustrates the “hope of future glory” shared by the entire “Communion of Saints”. THE CHURCH MILITANT AND TRIUMPHANT! A more fitting Patron than St. Lazarus for our Guild there could not be. Therefore, all Guild members are encouraged to ask for the intercession of St. Lazarus for the well being and Blessing of the Almighty on this Apostolic Ministry.

The Roman Calendar makes no "official" provision in setting aside a day to celebrate the life of this holy man of God. The Raising of St. Lazarus has always held a place of prominence within the Eastern Orthodox and Historic Anglican Communions. In accordance with our Sarum heritage and (Ordo) Calendar we celebrate the Raising of St. Lazarus on December 17. A special Mass is celebrated by all of our Clergy. All lay members of the All Souls Guild/Lazarus Society are encouraged to attend and receive Holy Communion at this Eucharist.

“ST. LAZARUS; PRAY FOR US.”

"Come unto me all that travail and are heavy laden,
and I will refresh you." (The Comfortable Words)

DEVOTIONAL LIFE OF MEMBERS

Members of the All Souls Guild/Lazarus Society are commended to perform the following Devotions and Acts of Piety:

  • Daily Intercessory prayers to include the Litany for the Dying and the Litany of the Departed.
  • Reception of the Holy Eucharist and special personal Prayers at all Requiem Eucharist’s attended.
  • Encouraging the faithful to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Unction in the form of Holy Anointing or Extreme Unction as the particular parochial circumstance dictates.
  • Use of all Guild publications for personal spiritual growth as well as to distribute to potential inquirers/members.

THE GUILD MANUAL OF PRAYERS IS MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL GUILD/SOCIETY MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES. CONTACT THE FATHER DIRECTOR TO OBTAIN COPIES OR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON MEMBERSHIP.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

  • Annual Prayers and a Requiem Mass offered on the Anniversary of a members’ death.
  • Members are remembered at Daily celebrations of all Requiem Masses.
  • On the yearly observance of the Feast of All Souls; all members will have the ability to provide the names of all friends and family who have reposed in the Lord to our Father Director. He will audibly mention all names he receives during his celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Litany.
  • Members may enroll friends or family who have Reposed in the Lord at any time after their passing.

DUTIES OF MEMBERS

  • Diligence in maintaining a Daily Devotional life as prescribed in our Manual of Prayers.
  • To assist whenever possible at all Requiem Masses celebrated by our member Clergy. Attendance on the Feast of All Souls is mandatory for all members unless health or geographical impediments make it impossible.
  • Priest’s and Bishop’s (members) are expected to offer one or more Requiem Masses weekly as the Church Calendar permits. All Souls Day Celebrations are binding on Clergy members. All Clergy will make full use of the Sacrament of Holy Unction (as already described) as they exercise their Ministry to Guild/Society members. Holy Oil of the Sick (Blessed by the Bishop Protector of the Guild) will be provided by the Father Director for the use of our Priest’s (if they so need) upon request.

MEMBERSHIP

The All Souls Guild also known as the Lazarus Society is a parochial outreach of the Anglican Independent Communion – Original Province (AICA). Membership is not limited to those who are members of our particular Communion. Males in Holy Orders, Lay Brothers, Deaconess’s, Laity and Parishes/Missions of other TRADITIONAL Christian Communions who share the Historic Episcopate are most welcomed and encouraged to become members. Applying for membership is designed to bring peace of mind, comfort and ease into the lives of our members.

PLEASE READ ON

The All Souls Guild/Lazarus Society exists strictly to provide Peace, Comfort and Blessing to all who seek our Ministry. Unlike other organizations who claim to share some of our objectives -------------------- we have nothing for sale!

You will find no “trinkets” or “magical talismans” being offered by us. Such blasphemy has throughout the centuries given way to superstition and an unhealthy view of Death leading to the morbid and macabre.

We print no “fee schedule” for membership or Celebration of the Sacraments. All of our Clergy cannot help but cringe when we hear (often times from sincere but misguided folk); “How much do you charge to have a Mass for my mother?” Our experience is that far too many (often “episcopi vagantes” types) have actually posted set fees for everything from Baptism’s to Funerals. Not only does this fly in the face of our Blessed Lord’s example of Ministry; but would in fact invalidate any Ministerial Act performed by such individuals; provided there was any validity there in the first place.

The Book of Acts clearly teaches that Hell and Physical Death were the plight of those who behaved in such fashion during the time of the Apostles. All such attempts to “sell” the Sacraments since the Apostolic Era have been termed as “Simony”. Appropriately so named after the poor soul who first attempted to use bribery/monetary recompense to extract the “Grace of God” and perform Priestly Ministry for his own selfish end and for personal gain. It truly saddens us that governmental laws in the USA are a “breeding ground” for such sorry individuals who normally operate “churches” via the Internet out of rented rooms or apartments and perpetuate this shameful sin and atrocity against the Holy Spirit.

A FURTHER WORD OF EXPLANATION

Having stated the above; we all realize that everything associated with “this transitory life” has some monetary consequence attached to it. Altar Bread, Communion Wine, Candles, Vestments, Printing and other basics are all essential and necessary to carry out any form of Ministry. This being most unequivocally made clear; NEVER WILL CLERGY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ALL SOULS GUILD REQUIRE OR SET FEES FOR ANY OF OUR MINISTERIAL SERVICES! Any such proven offender would be dealt with by immediate dismissal!

In order to help defray the above mentioned expenses our Clergy will gladly and graciously accept any free will offering given by those who support our Guild and understand the work our Clergy do. If travel is necessary and it is within the means of a member to help with such an expense; this is greatly appreciated. This is all that needs to be said from our side regarding the monetary aspect of our existence. MONEY WILL NEVER BE AN OBSTACLE FOR MEMBERSHIP AT ANY LEVEL IN THE ALL SOULS GUILD/LAZARUS SOCIETY!


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“IT IS A HOLY AND WHOLESOME THOUGHT TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD.”
(Sarum Rite Requiem Mass)
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“ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD. AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM. MAY ALL THE SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE. AMEN”.

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