The Confraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen is an association of the laity, who, sharing in the religious and apostolic life of the Congregation of priests, Brothers and Sisters of Mary Immaculate Queen through the observance of their own Rule and the practice of Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, strive under the direction of the Congregation to attain Christian perfection.
The object of the Confraternity is the sanctification of its members and the salvation of souls, in a manner suited to the lay state.
The means of attaining this end are, besides the accomplishment of the ordinary precepts and the duties proper to one’s state: the observance of this Rule, frequent attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, prayer, the practice of mortification, apostolic and charitable works, and a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In order to foster their interior life of union with God, Confraternity members engage in certain spiritual exercises and recite some required prayers every day. They are listed below:
- A ten-minute meditation in the morning.
- Little Office of the Immaculate Conception.
- A brief examination of conscience at midday.
- Recitation of five decades of the Rosary and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the living and dead of the entire Congregation.
- Examination of conscience and Act of Contrition before retiring.
- Frequent attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
- Spend fifteen minutes a day in spiritual reading.
- Occasionally read some passage from True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis Marie de Montfort or another Marian book approved by the director.
Spiritual Goals for Confraternity Members
Confraternity members should dress in accord with Christian modesty and be devoid of worldly vanity, as becomes the servants and handmaids of Christ.
Members should guard their eyes from the licentiousness of the world, especially regarding immoral entertainment and media.
In their daily lives, members should strive to influence others by good example and should promote practices of piety and good works. Members should earnestly maintain a spirit of charity among themselves and towird others.
Once a month, at an appointed day and hour, the members of the Chapter shall assemble to assist at Mass or to pray the Rosary, and to hear a sermon from the director. Members shall faithfully attend these monthly meetings. During the monthly meeting, the director shall read and explain the Rule to the members. He may also address pertinent topics on the spiritual life.
Suffrages for Members
The death of a member of the Confraternity shall be announced as soon as possible to the other members of the Chapter. If opportune, they should personally attend the obsequies for the deceased.
Moreover, within eight days after notice of death, each member of the Chapter shall recite five decades of the Rosary, hear one Mass and receive Holy Communion for the soul of the deceased.
Deceased members of the Confraternity share in all the general suffrages offered for the deceased members of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, monthly Masses for departed members and benefactors, and the solemn commemoration on August 13. Upon the death of any member of the Confraternity, the director of the Confraternity will have Holy Mass offered for the repose of his/her soul. Members of the Confraternity shall share in all the suffrages offered by the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen for its deceased members. The Father Moderator of the Confraternity celebrates three Masses every year for all the members, living and deceased.