Why Become a Member?
Why Be a Member? Spiritual Benefits!
There are many reasons to become a member of the Holy Name Society. These include support in prayer, fellowship, spiritual formation and advancement, comradery, and service and service opportunities. Not too be overlooked and perhaps most import are the spiritual benefits of membership.
Every professed member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Names of God and Jesus, while they are faithful to their obligations; shares fully in all of the blessings from the Masses, good works, preaching, teaching and the manual labor of the Dominican Order. This includes a share in the thirty-three Masses which each Dominican is bound to say every year for the souls of the departed brethren.
The following partial indulgences are particularly applicable to faithful members of the Holy Name Society who:
In the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, asking – if only mentally – some pious invocation. "Blessed be the name of God", and similar invocations of devotion to the name of God would be applicable in this grant. (cf. The Decree in the Apostolate of the Laity, 4, "Whatever you do in word or work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him").
In a spirit of faith and mercy give of themselves or of their goods to serve brothers in need.
In spirit of penance voluntarily deprive themselves of what is licit and pleasing to them.
Recite the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus.
Wear the Holy Name emblem – properly blessed by any priest.
The Sacred Penitentiary*, in response to the petition of the Dominican Order, granted a plenary indulgence to the members of the Most Holy Name of God and the Most Holy Name of Jesus, on the following occasions:
The day of the member's induction into the Confraternity
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Christmas Day (December 25)
The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3)
Resurrection of the Lord - Easter Sunday
The Solemnity of Christ the King (Last Sunday in Ordinary Time – last Sunday prior to the start of the Season of Advent)
The Annunciation of the Lord (March 25)
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)
The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)
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