Angelic Warfare West

Prayers & Observances of the Confraternity

Members of the confraternity commit themselves to the following observances for the rest of their lives:

1) Perpetual wearing either the blessed cord or medal.

Prudence governs particular times where it may be temporarily removed, for example various kinds of sporting events, surgery, intimate moments of marriage, etc.

2) Daily prayers for purity.

–15 Hail Mary’s for oneself and other members, for the intention of living a more chaste life. One may include the Hail Mary’s within one’s daily Rosary. An ancient practice was to dedicate each Hail Mary to the purification of various faculties of the soul—the five senses, memory, imagination, intellect, will, etc. The Angelic Warfare Confraternity packet details how a version of this may be done today.

–Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Prayer for Purity

Dear Jesus, I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity depends on the power of Your providence, and 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 ever I have imagined or sensed anything that could stain my chastity or 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.

–Prayer to Saint Thomas Aquinas for Purity

Chosen lily of innocence, pure Saint. 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.

3) Commitment to living a chaste life and praying for other members of the confraternity.

Popes have made special indulgences available to members of the confraternity. A plenary indulgence may be gained: on the day of enrollment; and every year on the feasts of Saint Thomas Aquinas (January 28), the Annunciation (March 25), Easter Sunday, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15), All Saints’ Day (November 1), and Christmas (December 25).

A plenary indulgence remits all temporal suffering due to forgiven sin under the following conditions: (a) reception of Holy Communion and sacramental penance within eight days before or after the day; (b) praying for the intentions of the Holy Father — typically one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be; (c) detachment from sin and recommitment to living according to the Confraternity’s observances.