Who are the Daughters of the King? Why are you a Daughter? These are questions we are often asked.
Rule of Life
We follow the Daughters Rule of Life, which is a self-imposed discipline of prayer, service and evangelism. Most women who become Daughters desire to grow in spirit, be of service to their church and develop a deeper relationship with God. We have pledged ourselves to a life-long commitment to the Daughters of the King Rule of Life.
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?
Rule of Prayer
The journey to become a Daughter involves a study program and a time for discernment with a mentor. Using our promises of Baptism and Confirmation as our guide posts, each Daughter’s journey and direction is unique to her. Each new Daughter is asked to examine her life and consider the importance of our vows. We believe Holy Scripture, we acknowledge the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit and the presence of our Lord and Savior in the Eucharist; this is the basis for our study.
Rule of Service
Part of our vows is to be of service at all times to the clergy and our parish. Each Daughter should have a personal service project. She may take on parish duties as part of her personal service project. It may be one of many of those quiet, behind the scenes duties, that are so important to the life of a parish such as usher, altar guild, church school teacher, choir member, lay reader or coffee hour hostess. There are Daughters that take on a midweek Bible Study either as leader or as a faithful participant. Some Daughters visit the sick or the shut-ins as a lay Eucharistic minister, while there are others that have a gift for needle work and may knit or crochet prayer shawls or lap robes for those confined to nursing homes. A few Daughters have answered the call to be missionaries to other countries. It all depends on the ability and gifts that Daughter feels she has to offer. Whatever the project, the Daughter makes a commitment to carry it out, to demonstrate her love for Jesus Christ by not only words but actions and to perform her service with joy in her heart.
All Christians are called to be evangelists. We are all called to spread the Good News of the Gospel and to share our faith in Christ with others. Daughters are to wear their cross daily, our outward sign of who we are and who we follow. Many Daughters have shared stories of people stopping and asking about the cross we wear. That opens the door for us to be a witness to our faith. To those that know who we are, by our cross, it is a sign of welcoming.
While we do not have a Jr. Daughters Chapter in this Diocese yet, we pray that one day we will. The DOK has a spiritual program that is designed for girls, ages 7- 21. In this program, girls are given the guidance to a better understanding of God’s love for each of us. Jr. Daughters take on the Rule of Life, developing their daily routine of prayer and study. When the girls become adults, they may transition to Sr. Daughters and join a chapter. Over the years, this program has brought many girls into the church and into the Order.
Rebecca Markert is the President of the Daughters of the King for our diocese and is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Nashville.