Apostolate Pillar

An Apostolic Life of Eucharistic Evangelization and Apostolate

1. The primary mission of the Knights is a wholehearted embracing of Jesus Christ, and a desire to lead all souls to know Him in His Body and Blood sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins. The inestimable value of immortal souls and eternal life motivates the Knights to carry on the mission of Christ in the present day and be concerned about the conversion of unbelievers and sinners. This is also why prayer must be the foundation of any apostolate, and the demands of mission must never replace or extinguish their commitment to the spiritual life.

2. The Knights’ mission focuses on the Eucharistic evangelization of parishes and organizations. Since the Second Vatican Council, which taught that the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life (cf. Lumen Gentium, 11), the Church has called us to a New Evangelization. Therefore, all evangelistic endeavors should be Eucharistic. Pope St. John Paul II declared his desire to rekindle “Eucharistic ‘amazement’” so that all would come to recognize Christ “above all in the living sacrament of his body and his blood. The Church draws her life from Christ in the Eucharist; by him she is fed and by him she is enlightened.” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 6) Pope Benedict spoke of a “Eucharistic springtime” in the Church, which he prayed “may spread increasingly in every parish” (General Audience, Nov. 17, 2010). This springtime will be evidenced when many more people pause in silence before the tabernacle to engage in a loving conversation with Jesus, and many young people rediscover the beauty of praying in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

3. The Knights hope to take part in spreading the good news of the grace of redemption present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, spreading Eucharistic amazement and enthusiasm by their witness and their words, so that the Church may be directed toward a Eucharistic future. They will serve at Masses and other liturgies, such as Healing Services, Processions, and Benediction, thus giving public witness to the profound reverence and devotion befitting such sacred services. They will provide talks to groups and parishes, encouraging others to know and adore Our Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament and supporting regular and perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition in parishes and communities.

4. The Knights are to be well trained in serving both the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) and the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo) of the Mass, so that they are ready to train servers at local parishes, assisting both priests and servers in giving Our Lord due reverence and devotion. Whenever possible, they hope to contribute to faith and reverence in the Liturgy, through the use of sacred music, beautiful art and architecture, and any other means to restore a sense of the sacred to the holy sacrifice of the Mass and other liturgies.

5. Since St. Francis wrote of the necessity of cleanliness for the things of the altar, the Knights place special value on their service as sacristans and servers. Yet even beyond the confines of the sanctuary and of the church building, they work so that all things will reveal the beauty and holiness of God.

“I conjure you all to show all reverence and all honor possible to the most holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom the things that are in Heaven and the things that are on earth are pacified and reconciled to Almighty God” (St. Francis of Assisi, “Letter to All the Friars”).

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