While i'm on the topic of Sweet Home Alabama, i'd like to share with you a marvelous article i was e-mailed about The Knights of the Holy Eucharist, an order for men. I encourage you all to read it (but particularly you young men out there - hint! hint!) ;)
The article pretty much says it all, so i shan't take up any more of your reading time by explaining about the order. So here it is:
Young Catholic men find joy and fulfillment in ‘knightly’ service of Christ’s Eucharistic Presence
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist represents part of the resurgence of vocations in the Catholic Church.
HANCEVILLE, AL (Catholic Online) — In medieval days, knights were men who were elevated by their king and consecrated to a position of trust. These noble and faithful men would pledge to give their very lives to the service and protection of their lord and his kingdom.
Today, members of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist, a vibrant community of consecrated young men deeply committed to the Catholic faith, provide that very service for their Lord and King, Jesus Christ, through their work at the magnificent Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Angels Monastery in rural Hanceville, Ala. Situated on 400 acres of lush farmland along a remote country road some 45 miles north of Birmingham, the Shrine receives thousands of pilgrims each year who seek to nourish their faith amid this sacred and peaceful environment.
The Shrine and monastery, home to a cloistered community of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, were founded by Mother Angelica, the beloved nun who entered religious broadcasting in 1981 on little more than a prayer and developed the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the largest and most popular religious media network in the world. EWTN is headquartered some 50 miles to the south in the Birmingham suburb of Irondale, where the nuns resided in the original monastery until their relocation to the present site in 1999.
In the spirit of St. Francis
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist represents part of the resurgence of vocations in the Catholic Church developing from the “new evangelization” promoted by Pope John Paul II and continued by Pope Benedict XVI. Its members have as their primary focus the fostering of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament as well as the assistance and protection of the nuns of the monastery. Along with maintaining the grounds and facilities, the Knights host clergy, brothers, and seminarians on retreat; serve as acolytes at Shrine liturgies; and provide assistance for pilgrims.
Community members live... Read the rest HERE
If your interest is piqued and you get EWTN (and even if you don't) you might want to watch "Life on the Rock" on Thursday, July 30th when the Knights are on!
Mark your calendar! The Knights of the Holy Eucharist will appear on EWTN's “Life on the Rock” on Thursday, July 30, at 8:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time! The show can also be heard on EWTN Radio and viewed and heard on ewtn.com. If you miss the live broadcast, you can catch an encore:
Television: Friday at 1:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.; Sunday at 10:00 P.M. (EDT)
EWTN Radio: Saturday at 12:00 A.M.; Sunday at 3:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. (EDT)
We ask for your prayers as we prepare for and appear on the show. To help us spread the word, please forward this email to as many people as you can.
May the Divine Child Jesus bless you abundantly!
Br. David Mary
Knights of the Holy Eucharist