Plan of the
is the plan of the Purgatorian Archconfraternity? It is that its members
undertake to enter into arrangements whereby the Holy Mass is offered
for them every day while they are living and after they are dead. They
put an emphasis on praying for the souls in Purgatory in general and
especially for the deceased members of the Archconfraternity. They also
sponsor new members according to their means.
The members of the Archconfraternity may be classed as either active or passive. We may call active those members who make the enrolment of themselves and who sponsor others by enroling them in the Archconfraternity. Those who are the passive members, so to speak, are those who have been enrolled by active members. The passive members may be dead or living. Members may be enrolled for one year only or in perpetuity. One year’s enrolment means that the Mass will be offered for them daily for a year; perpetual members will have the Mass offered for them daily until the end of time. All active members receive a certificate for themselves and those whom they have enrolled.
In the monastery the names are written into the Archconfraternity registers. Then every single day the Holy Sacrifice is offered up for the members by one of the Redemptorist priests. One generation of priests will succeed the next and every day the Holy Sacrifice will be offered for those souls who are the members. This was the plan proposed to the popes by the Redemptorist Rector Major. This was the plan to which the Holy Fathers Gregory XVI and Blessed Pius IX gave their personal patronage. And the plan worked well until the crisis in the 1960s when altars were abandoned and the Eternal Sacrifice was all but eclipsed.
Each member of the Archconfraternity should also at least occasionally perform some acts of devotion for the relief of the suffering souls; if a layman, he might have a Mass said for them, or make the Stations of the Cross, or say the Rosary, or assist at Mass with this intention, or offer up a Communion; if he is a priest, he might offer the Holy Sacrifice. This is not obligatory upon the members under the pain of sin, but it is requisite to gain the indulgences. All further suffrages, works, etc., are left to the discretion of the members, but all should consider it a pious duty to assist the suffering souls as much as possible by prayers, devotions, or other good works.