RULE FOR THE THIRD ORDER OF SAINT PIUS X
Purpose of the Establishment of the Third Order
Sanctification of the individual and of those for whom members of the Third Order are
Patron of the Third Order: St. Pius
Sanctity today must be attained in a world which opposes it by errors and subtle
heresies, introduced into all Catholic miliex under the name of Modernism. Pope St. Pius X was beatified for
courageously denouncing Modernist errors and showing an example of sanctity in the solidity of doctrine, the purity
of morality and devotion to the Eucharistic Sacrifice. This holy Pope is therefore clearly the model for souls who
wish to sanctify themselves in our day.
Relationship of the Third Order to the Priestly Society of St. Pius
The Third Order has been established by the Society and therefore the chaplains of
the Third Order are designated by the District Superior and approved by the Superior General. Members of the Third
Order share in the grace of the Society gained by its priests and merits of its members.
Members of the Third Order
All Catholics, priests or lay, who accept the spirit and the Rule of the Third Order,
are eligible for membership. Children can be enrolled, with permission of their parents, the minimum age being
Emblems: The medal of St. Pius X and
Cross, given at the time of commitment in the Third Order.
The Spirit of the Third Order
The spirit of the Third Order is that which animates the Priestly Society, i.e., the
spirit of the Church, its living faith, manifested in all of her Tradition, her infallible Magisterium, expressed
and explained in the catechism of the Council of '1'rent, in the Vulgate Bible, in the teachings of the Angelic
Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas, and the immemorial liturgy.
The spirit of attachment to the Roman Church, to the Popes, to the Bishops, spirit of
obedience to the authorities of the Church according to their fidelity to their office, which is nothing else than
to spread the Catholic faith and the Kingdom of Our Lord.
The spirit of vigilance in regard to anything which might corrupt the
Tender and filial devotion toward the Virgin Mary – according to the spirit of Saint
Louis Marie Grignon de Monfort – to St. Joseph and to St. Pius X.
To rediscover the capital importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and its
mysteries, to find there the meaning and source of Christian life, a life of sacrifice and co
Steps in Membership
1. Enrolment: A request is sent to the priest in charge of the Third Order or to the
District Superior. The priest in reply sends an information sheet to be filled out. Then, if the request is
granted, he sends a copy of the document for enrolment.
2. Postulancy of one year, in the course of which is tested the fidelity of the
postulant in keeping his obligations and his adherence to the spirit of the Third Order.
3. Commitment: The postulant, in a ceremony, makes his commitment in the presence of
the designated priest. He then receives the medal and crucifix and his card of membership in the Third
1. Morning and evening prayers, such as Prime and Compline or the prayers from the
2. Recitation of the Rosary.
3. Attendance at the immemorial Mass, if possible – or a quarter of an hour of
Attendance at the immemorial Mass and not the Novus Ordo Missae, because of the
danger of acquiring a Protestant spirit.
Every two weeks:
If possible, the sacrament of penance, or at least once a month.
Every two years:
1. Recommended reading: the acts of St. Pius X, the Catechism of the Council of
Trent, the New Testament, the Imitation of Christ, the lives of the saints. Try to spread good reading
2. Fasting on Ember Days, on Vigils of great feasts, on Ash Wednesday, and Holy
Abstinence on all Fridays.
3. To abstain from television, from all unclean reading, to practice
Obligations of the Married
1. To observe, in a spirit of submission to Our Lord, the laws of marriage toward the
goal of having a large family. To renounce absolutely all positive action toward the goal of not having
2. To make of the family home a sanctuary consecrated to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
where evening prayers are recited in the family and, if possible, the rosary. Liturgical life should be paramount
on Sundays and feast days. Avoid everything that could harm the souls of children: television, unclean
3. To choose truly good and traditional schools and to contribute to their
4. To be prudent in the choice of leisure activities and of holiday
Professional and social duties
1. To follow the example of the Holy Family and to pursue the duties of justice and
charity, whether one be employer or employee.
2. To promote and defend the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ in society, to
combat Liberalism and Modernism, scourges of modern times which are delivering the Church to her
The priest in charge of the Third Order in the district receives enrolments, names
his assistants, and calls meetings of his council and general meetings to encourage members to remain active and
vigilant in the work of their sanctification and that of others.
He will set up libraries with a librarian charged with lending books to postulants
and to members.
He will publish a bulletin keeping tertiaries in touch with one another, sharing
addresses, information, hours of meetings, religious ceremonies, days of recollection, pilgimages, ordinations,
religious professions etc.
At meetings a collection will be taken up for the needs of the Third Order. A
treasurer in charge will keep the accounts and will report them at meetings of the Council. The Council of the
Third Order will decide how to use the resources at its disposal: internal expenses, help to a seminary, a school,
the sick, retreat work, etc.
+ Marcel Lefebvre
Television, Videos, DVD, and the Third Order of the Society of St. Pius
There is a point of difficulty concerning the Rule, which needs clarification: the
television. In an address given to the Third Order at St. Mary's, Kansas, USA, in December 1982, Archbishop
Lefebvre said: "It is difficult for many people to abandon the TV. But I know some families who had TV who asked to
become members of the Third Order, and they gave it up. And afterwards they said: ‘Now we understand why you ask us
to abandon TV. Before we didn't understand, but now that we do not have it, we know that there is more peace in the
family, more quiet, more spirituality.’ TV should be a good thing, but in reality it is not."
Here are some more detailed rules regarding the use of television, video, DVD and
1. The commercial television (with the antenna, its programmes and advertisements) is
2. The use of honest television programmes recorded on video is permitted.
3. Attendance at the movies shown in cinemas is prohibited.
4. Honest and moral movies recorded on video or DVD and given to a private group are
Regarding No. 1 & 3
We admit that not all T.V. programs and movies are evil. There are some good ones.
But helping us to attain perfection, Archbishop Lefebvre calls us to sacrifice. He wants us to make, for our
Crucified Master, even the sacrifice of what is good. Not everything is sinful, we admit. The Third Order as if a
religious order in the midst of this world, its members must follow more closely the three Evangelical Counsels and
the eight Beatitudes (especially the first: "Blessed are the poor in spiritâ€¦”). Thus, if someone wants to belong
to the Third Order, he will have this sacrifice to make; if he does not want to make it, he cannot be
Regarding No. 2
Many, nowadays, use video as an educational help. Let us not forget that a machine
will never replace fully the teacher. The excessive and/or exclusive use of these machines will generate a
passivity in the children that will have for them terribly harmful consequences later on.
"God loves a cheerful giver."
Please contact the national Chaplain:
Third Order of the Society of St. Pius X:
2470 Princes Highway
Tynong, VIC 3813
 3 5629 2500