This is a league of prayers in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Apostleship of Prayer is not a confraternity or sodality, but a pious organization, whose object is to give an apostolic character and power to all our prayers, work, and sufferings. This object it attains by the union of its members with the unceasing pleading of the Sacred Heart in the sacrifice of the Mass: and this union is effected by the morning offering, which constitutes the First Degree of the Apostleship of Prayer and the only essential duty of its members. The morning offering is thus worded: “O Jesus, through the immaculate heart of Mary, I offer Thee the prayers, work, and sufferings of this day in union with the intentions of Thy Divine Heart in the holy Mass.”
Two things are necessary for membership:
(1), Registration of one’s name by a local director in an affiliated centre; (2), A certificate of admission. Centres are affiliated by diplomas from the director general (a father of the Society of Jesus, residing at Toulouse, France) and transmitted to them by the diocesan directors, whom, with the license and in accordance with the nomination of the Ordinary, he has appointed for that purpose. The second degree consists in the daily recital of one Our Father and ten Hail Marys for the monthly intention approved by the Holy Father; and the third degree in offering a communion of atonement to the Sacred Heart, once a week, or at least once a month on a day or days fixed by arrangement with a promoter of the Apostleship of Prayer. The organ of the association is called “The Messenger of the Sacred Heart” published by the authorized editors in various countries under the direction of the director general. There are thirty-seven distinct editions of the Messenger. The members of the Apostleship of Prayer in the whole world number some twenty to thirty millions.
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