The Knights were founded by Mother Angelica on July 25, 1998. May the Knights understand God’s purpose in calling them to this way of life and find strength in the Eucharist to conform their lives to Him. The Knights are assured of God’s unfailing faithfulness; they are rooted in the love of Christ; they know that perseverance in the consecrated life requires faithful encounter with the Lord in prayer, continual conversion to the Gospel, and readiness of heart and mind to heed His interior and exterior promptings.
Mother Angelica centered her life and work on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament; this was the source of her fruitfulness and is also to be that of the Knights. Through the use of beautiful art and architecture, sacred music, and reverence, Mother worked to restore a sense of the sacred to the Mass. So, too, the Knights assist at and serve Mass and other liturgies with devotion and reverence as is due Our Lord.
“We use the talents we possess to the best of our ability and leave the results to God. We are at peace in the knowledge that He is pleased with our efforts and that His Providence will take care of the fruit of those efforts” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
St. Francis of Assisi was a man with a chivalrous heart. When he loved, he loved without reservation. As a young man, he was enthralled with the things of the world, but seized by the call of God, Francis progressed to higher things. Making God his only patrimony and entrusting himself to Him alone, Francis stripped himself of all possessions. The Knights claim the poor man of Assisi as the principal patron of their community and seek to live out the Franciscan motto, “My God and my All”.
With St. Francis as their model, the Knights are directed toward incarnating the noble virtues of spiritual knighthood: deep faith, fiery enthusiasm for Christ, and readiness to battle spiritually for His Kingdom on earth.
Jesus is the Eucharistic King whom the Knights have pledged themselves to serve and to defend. As loyal Knights, they willingly lay down their lives not only for Him, but also for all that is His. It is for this reason that their protection and service extends to His holy Temple. Jesus is the Eucharistic King whom the Knights have pledged themselves to serve and to defend. As loyal Knights, they willingly lay down their lives not only for Him, but also for all that is His. It is for this reason that their protection and service extends to His holy Temple.
The Coat of Arms was designed by Mother Angelica. The shield contains four emblems: wheat, a fleur de lis, a flame, and a book inscribed with the word “veritas.” The wheat represents the Holy Eucharist, Whom the Knights have pledged themselves to adore, protect, and defend. The fleur de lis represents the Blessed Virgin Mary under whose special patronage the Knights have placed themselves. The flame is a symbol of the fire of charity which is the motivation behind the Knights’ service of God and the Church.
Finally, “veritas” is Latin for “truth” and signifies that the Knights seek always to bear witness to the truth in both word and deed. Blue and gold are papal colors and represent the Knights’ fidelity to Holy Mother Church.
The white symbolizes the purity to which they are to be witnesses both in the orthodoxy of their beliefs and the innocence of their lives.
The shield is supported by two angels that represent all the angelic hosts upholding those who fight for the honor and glory of God. The crown of thorns above the helmet calls to mind Christ the King, Who in this world was content with suffering and humiliation. The crest on this coat of arms is the monstrance, which is a sign of the Holy Eucharist, whom the Knights are dedicated to protecting and serving. The motto “For God and the Church” epitomizes the Knights’ single-hearted desire to serve God and, for His sake, to spend themselves in the service of His Church.