Divine Word Lay Association

Society of the Divine Word Lay Secular Third Order

Mission

Under the guidance and inspiration of St. Arnold Janssen and St. Josef Freinademetz, the DIVINE WORD LAY ASSOCIATION /Society of the Divine Word Lay Secular Third Order are the men and women who dedicate themselves to prayer and pious deeds for the continued growth and success of the missionary endeavors of the universal church, and in particular the Society of the Divine Word, its missions and missionaries, to promote and support mission awareness, and through prayer foster and nurture missionary vocations.

Membership

Any bona-fide active practicing catholic may join the Divine Word Lay Association.  Family members, friends, benefactors, and those connected with the numerous institutions of the Society of the Divine Word are encouraged to be members of the Divine Word Lay Association.

Divine Word Lay Association members make a solemn commitment to meet regularly through their local chapter to pray for the missions, SVD missionaries, and promote and support mission awareness and vocations for the missions.

General Statutes

I. Organization and Governance

A family, a group of families, and/or a group of individuals may join together to form a chapter. A chapter is the basic organizational unit of the Divine Word Lay Association.

I.1 Each chapter is under the spiritual direction and review of the SVD Provincial Superior and/or his delegate.

I.2 Each chapter is headed by the chapter-leader, assisted by the chapter-spiritual director, and chapter-secretary/treasurer.

I.3 The Chapter-leader sees to it that chapter members meet regularly, at least once a month, in a suitable place, to pray the Chaplet of Prayers.   The chapter-leader submits a written annual report to the SVD chapter –spiritual director on the activities and membership of the chapter. The chapter-leader leads and facilitates all chapter meetings and activities.

I.4 The chapter should seek an SVD member to serve as spiritual director; however, in places/areas where there is no SVD member available, the chapter-leader, with the consent of the chapter members, may designate an interim spiritual director until such time an SVD member may be found. The chapter-spiritual director helps prepare the prayers and spiritual readings and reflections at all chapter meetings; the Chaplet of Prayers is to be used, as well as the scriptural readings for the day.

I.5 The chapter-secretary/treasurer keeps the records of the activities and membership of the chapter, as well as the custodian for the chapter.

II. Governance and Accountability

Each chapter is under the spiritual guidance and review of the SVD Provincial Superior and/or his delegate.

II.1 Each chapter is required to submit an annual report to the SVD spiritual director on the activities and membership of the chapter, particularly on their efforts through prayer and pious deeds to foster and promote mission awareness and vocations for the missions. The SVD spiritual director in turn will submit an annual summary report to the Provincial Superior on the activities and membership of the chapter.

II.2 There are no monetary dues for Divine Word Lay Association members.  However, a chapter may organize activities to raise funds for the SVD missions.  All funds raised are to be properly accounted together with a report submitted to the SVD spiritual director.

III. Growth Through Prayer and the Eucharist

All Divine Word Lay Association members should strive to continue to grow spiritually through daily prayer, mass attendance, frequent reception of the Eucharist and regular bible study and sharing.  Praying the Liturgy of the Hours is highly recommended.

III.1 Divine Word Lay Association members are encouraged to get involved with their local church in the different ministries of their parish.

III.2 Divine Word Lay Association members should conduct themselves with the highest care and standards in the exercise of their ministries in their local parish.

IV. Collaboration and Partnership with the SVD, SSPS, SSPS AP.

Divine Word Lay Association members are encouraged to fully cooperate in partnership with the SVD, and offer collaboration with the SSPS, SSPS AP. Divine Word Lay Association members are to take a pro-active role to promote and support the missions and missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word through prayer and pious deeds so as to nurture and foster vocations for the missions.

V. Divine Word Lay Association Chaplet of Prayers

Every Divine Word Lay Association member is required to meet with his/her chapter at least once a month to pray the Chaplet of Prayers.

V.1 The chaplet of prayers is the official prayer format for Divine Word Lay Association members when a chapter meets.  Other prayers and devotional materials may be included as per the needs of the chapter.

V.2 Chaplet of Prayers (prayer guide and format for chapter meetings)

Sign of the cross...

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

St. Arnold Janssen’s Quarter Hour Prayer

Scripture readings
(preferably the readings for the day)
Reflection, sharing...

Agenda items...discussion

Prayer to St. Arnold

Prayer to St. Josef

Prayer for Missionaries

Salve Regina

Sign of the cross...

Revised: for use ad experimentum
Easter Sunday 2006
all prayers used with permission

Respectfully submitted to the SVD Superior General and Council.

To the S. Congregation for the Laity for approval and official church recognition as a Pious Organization, Lay Secular Third Order of the Society of the Divine Word.

Rev. Fr. Jose ‘Pip’ Galang
Postulator, Divine Word Lay Association
Lay Secular Third Order
of the Society of the Divine Word

Chaplet of Prayers

Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, O Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful,
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth you Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

St. Arnold Janssen’s Quarter Hour Prayer

L:         O God, eternal truth

A:         We believe in you.

L:         O God, our strength and salvation,

A:         We trust in you.

L:         O God, infinite goodness,

A:         We love with all our heart.

L:         You sent the Word into the world as our Savior,

A:         Make us all one in Him.

L:         Fill us with the Spirit of Christ,

A:         That we may proclaim your name everywhere.

L:         Incarnate Word of God,

A:         Give us life by Your Spirit.

L:         Most pure mother of the Lord,

A:         Bring all people to Your Son.

L:         Holy Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael,

A:         Promote the Kingdom of God on Earth.

L:         Saints Joseph, Joachim, and Anne,

A:         Pray God for more ministers of the Gospel.

L:         Saints Peter and Paul, John and Andrew

A:         Help the heralds of the faith.

L:         Saints Gregory, Augustine, Vincent, and Lorenzo, and Blessed Pedro Calungsod,

A:         Pray for all the members of the Church of every state and rank.

L:         Saint Arnold, Josef and Blessed Maria Helena, and the four SVD martyrs,

A:         Help us in our endeavors.

L:         May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace.

A:        And may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.

Amen.

(With permission, Society of the Divine Word, Via dei Verbiti, 1-00154 Rome)

Scripture Reading (preferably readings for the day)
reflection and sharing...

Agenda Items
discussion and sharing...

Concluding Prayers:

Prayer to St. Arnold
Loving God, you called Arnold to follow your Son, the Divine Word, in proclaiming the Gospel to all peoples.  Burning with love for him and filled with his Spirit, he dedicated himself totally to the spreading of your Kingdom of peace and love. Therefore, with confidence we pray: St. Arnold, implore for us a burning love for Christ and a dedication to the missionary calling of the Church. Guide us to build families and communities where justice, compassion and equality are lived. Help us to stretch our hearts to embrace all peoples of our one world. May the Light of the Word and the Spirit of Grace transform our world and free our hearts so that we become fully alive with Jesus’ Spirit.
Amen.

(With permission, Society of the Divine Word, Via dei Verbiti, 1-00154 Rome)

Prayer to St. Josef
Loving God, you revealed your love to Josef Freinademetz through the life and death of your Son, Jesus.  Josef was deeply touched by Jesus laying down his life on the cross that we might have life with you.  Filled with the Spirit of Jesus, Josef also gave his life that others may know your love and live as brothers and sisters of one Father. Therefore with confidence we pray: St. Josef, implore for us a listening and loving heart. Like you may we courageously hear and answer the call of the Lord in our lives. Help us to learn to lovingly give our lives in service of our brothers and sisters of all social, religious, and cultural backgrounds. May we truly appreciate the diversity of our human family and celebrate this abundance of life we share in God.
Amen.

(With permission, Society of the Divine Word, Via dei Verbiti, 1-00154 Rome)

Prayer for the Missions and Missionaries
We beg you to watch over your missionaries who have left all things to bear witness to your gospel and to your love.  Be their “mighty shield and strong support, their shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard stumbling, a help against falling.” (Sir. 34:16)

Guide and enlighten them by your Word and example.  Lift up their hearts in the face of trouble and danger.  O Lord, grant that wherever they go, the image of Your crucifixion may go with them, that in times of danger and difficulty they may learn from it a true meaning of sacrifice.  Let them find strength and consolation in it, in their weakness.  Through it, let them find light and firmness of spirit in every crisis of their apostolate.  Since they do not seek earthly honors and comforts, grant their labors the fruits which they ardently desire, namely the power to save all people and to lead them to you, who are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Finally, Lord, increase the number of their flock.  Lead them to praise and thank You who have redeemed them and who wish to bring them to their eternal reward.  Amen.

(With permission, Society of the Divine Word, Via dei Verbiti, 1-00154 Rome)

Salve Regina
Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes, in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exsilium, ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father...

Revised: for use ad experimentum
Easter Sunday 2006
all prayers used with permission

Respectfully submitted to the SVD Superior General and Council.

To the S. Congregation for the Laity for approval and official church recognition as a Pious Organization, Lay Secular Third Order of the Society of the Divine Word.

Postulator, Divine Word Lay Association
Lay Secular Third Order
of the Society of the Divine Word