Daughters of the King Install 4 New Members

Daughters of the King Install 4 New Members
By Julia Ariail
Posted September 20, 2016

Daughters of the King at the September 18th installation. Click this image to see more photographs from this event.

Celebrating 29 years at Christ Episcopal Church, the Saint Nino Chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) installed Kathy Armstrong, Sandra Fletcher, Sally Honeycutt, and Dottie Pitts, on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The order was formally commissioned at Christ Church, Valdosta, on July 14, 1987. The original chapter consisted of 14 Daughters from the parish. The DOK serves Christ Church through a strong and faithful ministry of prayer.

The Christ Church Daughters of the King order currently has 48 members and meets twice a year. Patricia Bezona currently serves as president and treasurer, Julie Jackson as vice president, and Helen Tucker as secretary.

“Our sole purpose is prayer, evangelism, and service to the church accomplishing whatever Fr. Dave would have us to do,” said Pat Bezona. “We also follow the national guidelines and attend the diocesan meetings when they are held.”

On the website: <http://www.doknational.org/>, the national organization of the DOK publishes the following vision statement: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.

The DOK emblem.

The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. They have made a commitment to Jesus as Savior, and follow Him as Lord of their lives. They are an Order for women who are commun­icants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate. Today the membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.

The Daughters of the King describe themselves as an order, not an organization. An order is a community under a religious rule; especially one requiring members to take solemn vows. They don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings; they take life-long vows to follow the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service.

What is a rule? A rule is a pre­scribed guide for conduct or action by laws or regulations pre­scribed by the founder of a religious order for observance by its members.

The Order of the Daughters of the King was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City. Members of the order undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and Service.

The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek fleury cross inscribed in Latin, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine,” the watchword of the Order, meaning “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters “FHS”, initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: “For His Sake.”

Contact Pat Bezona about registering for the new DOK class and information on becoming a prayer partner at 229-242-8289 or pbezona@bellsouth.net.