The Guild of All Souls
The Guild of All Souls was founded on 15 March 1873 by Joseph and Walter Plimpton and Edward Frederick Croom who were all communicants of St. James's, Hatcham in England. The Vicar, Fr Arthur Tooth, was the first president. The purpose of the Guild Burial Society was:
"to provide furniture for Burial according to the use of the Catholic Church so as to set forth the two great doctrines of the Communion of Saints and the Resurrection of the Body; and Intercessory prayer for the Dying and for the repose of the souls of the deceased members and all the faithful departed."
The work of the Guild soon attracted the attention of other churches in England and from a small parochial group it increased rapidly in membership. In addition to the above aims, the following have also become commended to the prayers of members in the American chapter of the Guild:
A chapter of this prayer Guild was established at St Peter's Eastern Hill, Melbourne in, or shortly after, 1904 and achieved prominence under Fr James Cheong and Mrs Barton; with 75 members in 1915 — this number included 17 priests. Although the Guild long ago fell into abeyance, it is now our aim to re-establish it at St Peter's and to offer membership to all in Australia and beyond.
Privileges of Guild Members
Duties of Guild Members
Joining the Guild
There is currently no contact point for the guild at St Peter's, but the British Chapter of the Guild maintains a web site at
Prayers of The Guild of All Souls
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: accept out prayers on behalf of your servants.........and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
God of all comfort, we pray to you for those we love but see no longer. Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in your loving wisdom and almighty power work in them the good purpose of your perfect will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God, the strength of all who believe in you, increase our faith and trust in your Son, that we may live victoriously now and for ever. Amen.
Support us, Lord, all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen, the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then Lord, in your mercy, give us safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the end. Amen.