29 September 2007

Since I'm a "Daughter of the King" does that make me a Princess?

sheer white ribbon with silver Daughters of the King cross laying on blue denim background - writing on cross says 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:
I took this photo yesterday with my brand new Kodak EasyShare C340 ;-)

Back in late August, I and another lady from my parish were admitted to The Order of the Daughters of the King. No, that doesn't make us nuns, as The Order of the Daughters of the King's website says:
Who We Are

The Daughters of the King is a lay Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.
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Some info about the design of the cross from The Order of the Daughters of the King:
About The Cross

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..."

The emblem, never wavering from the original design, has been trademarked for the exclusive use of the Order. The cross is worn at all times. It is customarily worn on the left side over the heart or it may be worn on a silver chain around the neck, but it is never to be worn simply as an ornament. Only a member in good standing may wear the cross of the Order, which remains the property of the Order. When a Daughter dies, her cross may be buried with her or incorporated into her memorial; otherwise, it must be returned to the National Office.
Since metals, even gold, irritates my sensitive skin I wear mine on a simple ribbon and I plan on being buried with it (no cremation for me!) Oh and the crosses are made by James Avery.

For more information on The Order of the Daughters of the King click the title of this blog post or surf on over to www.dok-national.org.

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