“The Christian vocation is simple: You are first a child of God, and the state of life where God has placed you is the source of your holiness” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
5:15 a.m.: Rise
- Use holy water upon awakening in the morning, as well as when entering or leaving a church or a house of the Association.
- Carry a container of holy water during the entire day, until retiring at night.
- When entering a church or a house of the Association, always visit the Blessed Sacrament; do the same when leaving. If entering and leaving the same house of the Association, or church, many times in a day, it is sufficient to visit the Blessed Sacrament upon the first entry and the last exit, as well as before retiring in the evening. Also visit an image of Our Lady.
- The period of silence begins at 9:30 p.m. and continues until the conclusion of the 7:00 a.m. Mass the next morning.
“I will sing aloud of Thy steadfast love in the morning” (Ps. 59:16).
6:05 a.m.: Morning Prayer at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
The communal recitation of at least Morning and Evening Prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours, the two hinges upon which the daily Office rotates, by those who live in community is very praise worthy, because it constitutes a fountain of Christian life, being a source of piety and nourishment for personal prayer.
“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).
6:40 a.m.: Vest and prepare for Holy Mass
- Jesus is the Eucharistic King whom the Knight of the Holy Eucharist has pledged himself to serve and to defend. As a loyal Knight, he willingly lays down his life not only for Him, but also for all that is His. It is for this reason that his protection and service extends to His holy Temple.
- One of the primary focuses of the Knight’s service is the fostering of reverent devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
- Called to serve at the Shrine’s Masses, the Knight gives public witness to the profound reverence and devotion befitting such sacred service.
- Those who have given themselves over to God find themselves repaid a hundredfold (cf. Matthew 19:29), sometimes in earthly blessings, but always in an abundance of grace.
- As a sign of respect and adoration, it is indispensable to prepare oneself before receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist. This preparation should not be hurried, but rather of sufficient length to recollect the spirit, free the mind of any agitation, and place it in the anticipation of receiving Our Lord in the Sacred Host.
“Let the entire man be seized with fear; let the whole world tremble; let Heaven exult when Christ, the Son of the Living God, is on the altar in the hands of the priest. O admirable height and stupendous condescension! O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread. Consider, brothers, the humility of God and pour out your hearts before Him, and be ye humbled that ye may be exalted by Him. Do not therefore keep back anything for yourselves that He may receive you entirely who gives Himself up entirely to you” (St. Francis of Assisi).
7:00 a.m.: Holy Mass
- If possible, the Knight is to daily partake of the Holy Eucharist. On days when it is not possible to receive Communion sacramentally, he should make a spiritual communion with a thanksgiving of at least ten minutes, kneeling on both knees, except in case of sickness or some other impediments. End the thanksgiving with a prayer before an image of Our Lady.
- At Communion, the Knights should always include the following intentions in the acts of supplication:
- To grow continually in devotion to Our Lady; to obtain the plentitude and pinnacle of this devotion, reaching the extreme limit that grace and human nature will allow;
- For the Holy Church and for the Pope;
- For Mother Mary Angelica and her intentions;
- For the salvation and sanctification of all men and for the urgent establishment of the Reign of Mary (meant in the sense used by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort in his writings);
- For personal perseverance and confirmation in grace; for progress in the spiritual life, especially regarding the virtue of purity.
c) If possible, the Knight is to daily participate in the liturgy, the sacred action par excellence, since it is the work of Christ the Priest, and of His Body, which is the Church, and whose efficacy is not equaled by any other ecclesial action. He should receive with great frequency the same sacrifice, the Body of the Lord, the spiritual sustenance in which is contained all the good of the Church.
“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever He tells you’” (John 2:5).
8:25 a.m.: Rosary
- It is a custom to pray this rosary for Mother Mary Angelica and for benefactors.
- The Knights should always seek to formulate intentions before praying the Rosary.
- Mary is the sure path to our meeting with Christ. Genuine devotion to the Mother of the Lord, is always an impetus to a life guided by the spirit and the values of the Gospel. The Marian spirituality taught by St. Louis de Montfort and practiced by the Knights provides an easy, short, perfect and secure path to arrive to the union with Our Lord.
- The Knight is to pray at least one rosary per day, preferably with the community.
- The Knight is to say five decades on his knees in the presence of the Most Holy Eucharist, or before an image of Our Lady, if in a place where the Blessed Sacrament is not present.
- The Holy Rosary, called the compendium of the Gospel, salutary contemplation destined to produce fruits of sanctity, devotion par excellence to the Mother of God, is indissolubly linked to the work of salvation of Her Son. Having in mind the Rosary’s threefold merit–laudatory, impetratory, and contemplative, the Knight is encouraged to pray all 20 decades
- Out of respect for the rosary, do not use it for any purpose not appropriate to it, and never store it together with profane objects, such as money, wallet handkerchief, etc.
- The Knight should carry a rosary 24 hours a day, except during physical exercise or manual labor (if the Knight is using clothes without pockets).
- To constantly learn to contemplate with Mary the face of Jesus Christ, which is manifested in the beauty of creation and especially in the marvelous mystery of the Church, the Knight wears the Rosary hanging from his waist.
“Holiness is simple. Holiness is doing God’s Will in the present moment. That’s it. Holiness consists of four words: the Will of God” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
8:45 a.m.: Breakfast
- The Knight is always to pray before after. At each meal, it is the House custom to pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be for our benefactors.
- Before eating something light (for example, a piece of cake or a sweet), it is enough to make the sign of the cross.
- Table conversation should elevate the mind and heart of the Knight to all that is good, true and beautiful.
- The Knights is to keep the elbows close to the body in order not to inconvenience your neighbor. Never rest the elbows on the table. Chew with mouth closed.
- Friday morning breakfast is eaten in silence. The knight should keep the eyes recollected and avoid looking at those around you.
“In daily events I must see the Providence of God. Remember this one little truth: Nothing happens to you without the stamp of His Providence placed upon it before it happens. That’s faith” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
9:30 a.m.: Workday begins
- Time allotted for work will include various assigned tasks, talks, services and scheduled adoration. Lunch is eaten according to individual convenience.
- As a means of representing the community, Knights are encouraged to wear their tunic when leaving the property. If Knights must leave the grounds for work-related reasons they may wear their work clothes, but these must be clean and presentable.
- As part of their ministry of service, the Knights offer hospitality to many visiting priests, religious, and other approved guests who travel to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Knights are asked to receive these men as they would Jesus Himself, sharing with them their fraternal life, encouragement and support. Although offering hospitality may often prevent an exact observance of scheduled activities, this should not be seen as an infringement, but rather as a privileged opportunity to serve Our Lord in His ministers.
- Whenever possible, when something is found out of order (for example, furniture out of place or paper on the floor), each Knight should feel responsible to take the necessary measures to restore order, either personally or by telling the person in charge.
- A Knight of the Holy Eucharist seeks to manifest his love for Jesus not only in the faithful fulfillment of his daily responsibilities, but also, when opportunity arises, by performing works of charity not specifically prescribed. In his free time he may choose to bring comfort and companionship to the sick or the elderly, or to assist the poor and underprivileged with whom he has contact.
- The Knight consumed with such holy fire will find in community life a place to pour himself out for others. “A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
“The Spirit speaks many languages, but perhaps the most important is the language of silence. You want to try speaking to God that way sometimes. Quiet your mind, stop thinking about what you must say, and be still. Do nothing but realize for a few moments the essence of God. This language of contemplative silence can utterly annihilate you and sensitize you to the Presence of the Lord. When the soul and spirit prostrate themselves before God, realizing their own nothingness, many words are heard, but not spoken” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Adoration as scheduled
- Adoration times for individual Knights will be assigned by the Brother Guardian.
- The Church, in its maternal zeal, recommends that Christians ardently dedicate themselves to Eucharistic adoration. By this means, the Knight enjoys an intimate friendship with the Person of Jesus, and he profits from an increase of faith, hope and charity. In Eucharistic adoration and above all in Holy Communion, the Knight finds strength to confront all the difficulties of life.
- Each Knight is to fervently adore the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ outside the Mass, so that in intimate conviviality with Him they may progress in the cultivation of the theological virtues, forming the necessary dispositions to participate devoutly in the memorial of the Lord and receive Him with benefit.
- Seeking to foster devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Knight provides an example of reverence and devotion both in serving at the altar and in his daily hours of adoration. Although other pressing duties and scheduled activities may at times call him away from the chapel during his allotted time of adoration, each Knight is asked to spend at least one complete hour before Our Eucharistic King each day. This obligation may be fulfilled in the Shrine or in the priests’ chapel adjoining the Knights’ place of residence.
- Each Knight is responsible, during his time of adoration, for enforcing the Shrine’s rules regarding appropriate dress and behavior in the Chapel. If he is called away from this duty, he must make arrangements for other site personnel to replace him.
- Each Knight is to ask the intercession of Our Lady to worthily adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
- The assiduous and recollect reading of the Sacred Scriptures, the strength of God for the salvation of those who believe, should be a much-esteemed occupation. Special preference should be given to the New Testament because it contains the principal testimony of the life and the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” (Ps. 113:3).
5:25 p.m.: Evening Prayer with the community
- The Knights are to participate in communal recitation of Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours.
- Knights who have been assigned to adoration in the Temple at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament during this time are to pray Evening Prayer there.
- As established by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his renowned Spiritual Exercises, the practice of the examination of conscience is commendable. It is advisable to make this examination of conscience daily before evening prayers.
- Renew the Consecration to Our Lady composed by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. Except when a Knight is ill, he should always say the Consecration while kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament or an image of Our Lady.
- At the conclusion of Evening Prayer, it is the House custom to recite a prayer to the Divine Child Jesus.
“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.).
6:10 p.m.: Supper and dishes
- Knights are to pray before and after meals.
- The Knight is asked to refrain from smoking and drinking hard liquor. At the discretion of the Brother Guardian, wine and beer may be permitted on solemnities and days of special celebration. Note: The Saturday evening meal is designated as community pizza night. The House custom permits one glass of beer or one glass of wine at the Saturday evening meal and at any other meals at which wine and beer are permitted.
- The Knight of the Holy Eucharist strives to maintain a wholesome asceticism, which includes simplicity in his meals and fasting and abstinence on Fridays according to the laws of the Church and the discipline of the community.
“Holiness is a beautiful struggle” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
7:00 p.m.: Various activities
Sunday: Free time
Sunday is a day of prayer and rest dedicated to Our Lord. Knights are to refrain from frequenting places of business and commercial activities without real necessity.
Monday: Community meeting or fellowship with guests
Life in community provides many opportunities for growth in the Christian virtues. Courteousness and consideration should be exercised at all times.
Tuesday: Watch “Mother Angelica Live Classics”
Since Mother Mary Angelica is our foundress and spiritual mother, her words of wisdom and instruction are part of our weekly formation.
Wednesday: Holy half hour with Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Sharing the same Foundress and ever keeping in mind Mother Angelica’s emphasis on fostering a family spirit, the Friars and the Knights spend this time building and strengthening community ties.
Thursday: Community recreation
Recreation is often looked upon as a waste of time, even by those who are spiritual. Yet the prudent know that the spirit, like the body, has requirements that when sensibly met, fit it for better service to higher ends.
Beyond its practical benefits, recreation also has a higher significance. It is a reminder that ends surpass means, that when the toil of this life has passed, an Eternal Day of rejoicing will dawn. On that great Day, the contemplation of God above all will be our happiness, but not lacking will be the fellowship of the saints, the unearthly delights of a glorified body, and a host of inconceivable enjoyments which have yet to enter into the heart of man. Times of recreation, then, are not divorced from the spiritual life. They are spent in God’s presence and directed to His service. For all time is His.
Friday: Free time
This gives the Knight time to attend to personal obligations and necessities. It also allows the Knight time for a balance of private prayer, reflection, spiritual reading and community recreational activities.
Saturday: Night adoration (6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.)
It is a House custom to offer this adoration for the sins committed against Our Blessed Lord during the weekends.
“To be able to say yes to God at every moment of our lives is the essence of holiness. It really doesn’t matter whether you are at prayer, whether you are working, whether you’re recreating, whether you’re eating or sleeping—nothing should separate you from Jesus” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
8:00 p.m.: Free time
- The free time allotted by the community schedule allows its members time to attend to personal obligations and necessities. It also allows individuals time for a balance of private prayer, reflection, spiritual reading and community recreational activities. Television may be watched only in moderation, with the Superior’s permission and not to the exclusion of other forms of recreational activity. All media viewed should be assessed responsibly so as to be in keeping with the norms of Christian morality.
- The Knights should not absent themselves from the grounds without permission from the Brother Guardian; and all Knights should have returned to their communal residence by 9:30 p.m. (except in the case of community outings). Should occasion arise when necessity or duties require departure from the grounds in the Brother Guardian’s absence, members should leave written notification of their destination and the time anticipated for their return.
- The Knights of the Holy Eucharist are allotted two weeks of vacation time each year. During this time they may travel to see relatives or make pilgrimages to holy sites. Their conduct while away from home should be consistent with their behavior while in residence and always bear fitting witness to Christ and His Church.
- Since a Knight of the Holy Eucharist has chosen to give himself to Christ more fully, he is called to sacrifice many of the legitimate goods that others enjoy. In order to maintain closer bonds with his community, times spent with family and friends outside of the scheduled vacation time should be rare and at the discretion of the Brother Guardian.
“Silence is not something that you can impose from the outside in. It’s something that’s inside, and it must grow and be concentrated. Without it you cannot achieve holiness, because you cannot hear God, and neither can you speak to Him” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
9:30 p.m.: Everyone in house; “Great Silence” begins
- Use holy water when entering house of the Association.
- In the houses of community life, it is appropriate to observe a period of “Great Silence” at night during which all conversations should be avoided. According to this spirit, the Knight is encouraged not even to communicate through gestures during this period, and he should avoid all hurried movements or other acts that cause noise, such as slamming doors.
- Singing, humming, whistling, “conversing” through signs, mimicking and drawing pictures in the air with one’s hands are attitudes incompatible with the serious intention to observe silence.
- To begin the “Great Silence,” it is a good practice to pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and sing the Salve Regina.
- The period of silence begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until the conclusion of the 7:00 a.m. Mass.
- Permission is always required for all forms of communication, including e-mails, personal phone conversations, etc. Permission is not to be granted during the time of the “Great Silence.”
- Visit the Blessed Sacrament before retiring in the evening.
“Before you go to bed, examine your conscience a little bit and ask yourself if you were like Jesus today” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).
10:00 p.m.: Lights out
- When going to bed at night, place rosary in an appropriate pocket of the clothes; if there are no pockets, it can be worn around the neck.
- At this time, the Knight is to be in his room with his lights out.
- For members of this community, the practice of obedience is pursued through a zealous, conscientious observance of the community schedule and regulations, and submission to a central authority within the community (the Brother Guardian). Sometimes it will be necessary to deviate from assigned or scheduled activities; members should make these occasions known to the Brother Guardian. Dispensations should be requested in advance whenever possible. When unexpected circumstances make this impossible, it should be reported to the Brother Guardian at an appropriate time.
“We are all called to be great saints. Don’t miss the opportunity!” (Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.).