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New lay altar service apostolate founded by Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer! July 23, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, manhood, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
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Well this is a most positive development.  The Transalpine Redemptorists/Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer from Papa Stronsay, Scotland and Christchurch, NZ, have, under the sponsorship of Bishop Basil Meeking, DD, founded the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.  This is an organization dedicated to providing solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar.  More:

The Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is an organization which has been formed by the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its object is to provide a solid formation for boys and men who wish to serve Our Blessed Lord at His altar. It has been created in response to the need to train boys and men worthy of the duty of serving at the Traditional Rite of Holy Mass. A society called Knights of the Altar was begun under St John Bosco in 1858, and this name was used in the United States of America by a Fr Benz in 1939, who formed an Altar serving society. Our Society is largely based on the Knights of the Altar.

Why Knights?

Medieval Knighthood, in the service of manor lords, calls forth such ideals as honour, loyalty, justice, chivalry, and respect for all. In the use of the term knight, the Altar Server is reminded of his duty to serve the Lord of lords with fidelity and honour, to treat others with respect and justice, and to live an upright personal life, defending always the rights of God and His Holy Church. In the names page and squire, the server is reminded again of the years of practice and study that went into the training of a knight and should consider with what devotion and perseverance he should attend to his own training in the service of the Altar. The chevalierwas a travelling knight, which should remind the server that he should be ever travelling toward his heavenly goal.

Purpose of the Society

(1) To form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus;

(2) To render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions;

(3) To enkindle in the hearts of the faithful whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives;

(4) Finally, to ensure the continued and efficient function of the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus as a society by attending meetings and giving of our service to the Church.

The young men inducted into this society made the following pledge:

“We, the Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, pledge allegiance to our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, to His representatives on earth, and to Mary, our Queen Immaculate, whom we will serve faithfully until we attain eternal triumph in heaven. We pledge ourselves to form a worthy guard of honour to our Divine Eucharistic King in whose service we willingly assume the dignity and honour of becoming Knights of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus; to render faithful, reverent and edifying service to God by assisting His visible representatives, the Bishops and Priests, in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and in all other liturgical and devotional functions; to enkindle in the hearts of the faithful, whom we represent at the altar, greater piety and devotion by reverently performing the duties of our holy office and by giving good example in our daily lives.”

Pics of the solemn event:

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I’m not sure how this society is intended to grow.  Perhaps contact the Transalpine Redemptorists to see how this society could be expanded to your locale, and what is involved.  Note that they did have a bishop emeritus mark the formal entrance of some 14 young men into this society.  It seems very formal, but I have little idea of the ceremony – or the commitment – involved.  Is it much beyond regular service at the altar in a traditional parish?

Perhaps a Transalpine Redemptorist would be kind enough to provide some elucidation?

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1. Judy - July 23, 2015

I’d be interested to know how this is different from Knights of the Altar.

2. Baseballmom - July 23, 2015

Thanks for some good news…. Refreshing. So, Francis hosted the “world’s mayors” for a confab on climate change I see…. Well, since it is the most pressing issue of our day I guess it only makes sense that they would meet in the city of their fearless leader?


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