Third Order of the SSPX
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The Third Order of the Society of St. Pius X was established in 1980
by Archbishop Lefebvre to "secure for souls living in the world a school of sanctity." The purpose of the Third
Order is the sanctification of the souls of its members and of those souls for whom its members are
St. Pius X emphasized the absolute necessity of a laity that is
"virtuous, enlightened, determined, and really apostolic" in order to save modern society. The Third Order provides
a means for the faithful to realize this ideal.
By following the Rule of the Third
Order, members are able to structure their spiritual lives in a
practical way, and thus to sanctify themselves. In a world of spiritual chaos, spiritual discipline is essential
for souls who seek eternal happiness. The Rule acts as a guide to the members of the Third Order, aiding them in
the fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a practical Rule, requiring no more than what the
good Catholic should do to save his soul.
As a spiritual organisation, the Third Order is open to men and women
alike. The spirit of its members is one of generosity, loyalty to the ideals of the Society and her priests, and
supportive of the pastors who have charge over them. The primary focus of the spiritual life of Third Order members
is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and its mysteries, where the meaning and source of Christian life - a life of
sacrifice and co-redemption - is found. A tender and filial devotion to Our Lady and to St. Joseph is cultivated in
the hearts of Third Order members and reflected in their daily lives.
By joining the Third Order of the Society of St. Pius X, the faithful
avail themselves of the graces that flow from the work of the Society's priests and religious, and from the prayers
and sacrifices of fellow members.
For further reading on why you should become a member of the Third
Order, please visit the Third Order page at the District of
SSPX Australia Third Order - Melbourne
SSPX Australia Third Order - Brisbane
SSPX Australia Third Order - Perth
SSPX Australia Third Order - Sydney