Daughters of the King
The Order of the Daughters of the King was founded by Margaret J. Franklin, on Easter Eve, April 4, 1885, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, New York City (now the Church of the Resurrection) as an outgrowth of a Bible Class called Daughters of the King. As of November, 2009, there were 25,853 Daughters world-wide in 1606 Senior Chapters and 168 Junior Chapters located in the United States, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, German, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and India, whose first chapter was just started with eight Daughters. Our own chapter was named after a former parishioner, the late Margaret Rollo, who helped establish a chapter here in on September 25, 1988. On March 21, 2010, our chapter held a rededication ceremony of current members, admission of six new Daughters, and the installation of new officers. The following September, as the International Order of the Daughters of the king celebrated its 125th Anniversary, we celebrated our 22nd Anniversary of ministry with St. Bartholomew’s, continuing the vision and energy of our chapter’s founder and original members.
Our Rule of Life—Daily Prayer and Service
A Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, and is dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and to the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish or mission. We have a Rule of Prayer and a Rule of Service.
In the Rule of Prayer, we vow to pray daily for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom, for the spiritual growth of the Church, especially for our diocese and parish, for all who need emotional, spiritual and physical healing, and for the work of the Order.
In the Rule of Service, we vow to participate regularly in the worship, study and work of the Church, to assist our priest in any way possible, and to bring others to a knowledge and love of our Lord. We promise to make a constant effort in our own lives to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit in such ways that other persons may be led to believe in Him as Savior and follow him as Lord within the fellowship of the Church.
At St. Bartholomew’s, our chapter continues to be open to ways to achieve these goals. The Women’s Retreat was envisioned and started by our Chapter and is now a well-attended annual event in January. Prayer Boxes, located in the Tower Room and in the Parish House, offer the opportunity for you to request our Chapter pray for your specific needs, or for your friends’ and your family’s needs. We continue to lead the Stations of the Cross Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in Lent. We also pray for Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 1 & 2: to end hunger and poverty and achieve universal primary education. We have sent baby items in support of the Diocesan-wide service project MOMS (Midwives on Mission of Service). We are also working on a Prayer Ministry, where the members of our parish family, and the special events and needs of our parish will be held in prayer by our Daughters. We are always open to any needs as noted by our Rector.
We welcome all who feel called to make the life-long vow of the Rule of Life, a discipline of Prayer and Service and Evangelism, in a community of faithful women striving to fulfill our Baptismal Covenant.
Empowered by the Hold 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 Prayer of the Order
O eternal Father, you have sent us your Son to teach us things pertaining to your heavenly Kingdom.
Give your blessing to our Order wherever it may be throughout the world.
Grant that we, your Daughters, ever may discern your truth and bear the cross through the battles of our earthly life.
Give us strength to overcome temptation and the grace to work to spread your Kingdom and to gather your scattered sheep within your fold.
Pour out upon us the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit that we may always remember it is your work we are called to do, that all we think, do or say may be pleasing in your sight. We ask it all For His Sake, our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Motto of the Order
For His Sake…
I am but one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do.
What I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.
Lord, what will you have me do?
The Emblem of the Order
The modified Greek fleury cross worn by the Daughters is inscribed in Latin “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine”, which means “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross” and “FHS”—For His Sake.
Meetings and Events
Our chapter usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Rector’s Office. For further information, please contact the church office to leave a message for Glorius Sullivan.
For His Sake